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Return of the Abes

By Sean M. Deegan
November 20th, 2003
With not much good news coming out of Jets camp lately, the return of both DE John and CB Donnie Abraham this week will hopefully strengthen a sieve like defense. With not much good news coming out of Jets camp lately, the return of both DE John and CB Donnie Abraham this week will hopefully strengthen a sieve like defense.

Both players are listed as probable for this week’s game vs. the Jags and have been participating in practice. Neither player will start but John Abraham will likely be used on passing downs to boost a pass rush that has been dormant since he went down with a groin injury almost a month ago.

Donnie Abraham, who according to Coach Edwards is “98% healed” from a shoulder injury, will work in the nickel and dime packages and may sub in occasionally for Ray Mickens, who has covered for Donnie during his absence. After intercepting only a putrid five passes so far this season, everyone hopes the return of Donnie Abe will help the Jets secondary get back on track.

Newly activated DT Josh Evans will be involved in the tackle rotation that includes Dewayne Robertson, Chester McGlockton, Jason Ferguson and Tank Reed. He hopes to bolster a line that has been pushed around by running backs. Despite Evans’ misgivings this season, Coach Herman Edwards expects him to be back next year.

“Absolutely”. Said Edwards today regarding if Evans will be back. “He'll be here on the off-season, I know that. He's buying a house up here. He's going to be here every day. He's one of those kind of guys. He wants to be around.”

S David Young, who was signed a few weeks ago to add depth to the secondary is out this week with a strained hamstring. RB Lamont Jordan is listed as probable with a sprained left hand and will wear a soft cast that will still allow him to carry the ball. S Sam Garnes (groin) and LB Quincy Stewart (knee) are also probable and likely will play Sunday.

For the Jags RB Fred Taylor (knee) is probable and will play. G Vince Manuwai (foot), CB Jason Craft (knee) and QB Mark Brunell (elbow) are all questionable.

This will be the first time in NFL history that two Marshall University QB’s battle each other. Jags QB Byron Leftwich was Chad Pennington’s successor at Marshall after he was drafed by the Jets in 2000. One more interesting QB note: Pennington’s 11-14, 219 Yds, 3TD performance against he Colts earned him a perfect 158.3 QB rating. In the history of the NFL, 40 QB’s have done this. Unfortunately for Pennington, he is the lone QB on this list to reach the milestone and lose the game.

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