Ready to rumble
By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
September 10th, 2004
The Jets wrapped up their week of practice Friday and eagerly await Sundays clash against the improved Cincinnati Bengals.

The Jets wrapped up their week of practice Friday and eagerly await Sundays clash against the improved Cincinnati Bengals.

When WR Wayne Chrebet takes his first big hit on Sunday, everyone in the stadium will collectively hold their breath waiting for him to get up.

Chrebets season ended prematurely last year when he was placed on injured reserve with post-concussion syndrome on November 12. Its been a long road back for Chrebet, who did a lot of thinking over the off season and decided to come back for his 10th NFL season.

Sitting out, Chrebet had time to appreciate the ability hes been given. Its now more special and I missed it bad last year, Chrebet said.

Chrebet has been consistent for the Jets over his ten years as he owns the second most receptions in team history (534) and is third all-time in receiving yards with 6,815 on the Jets. Furthermore, his clutch catches in crunch time gave him the unofficial nickname of Mr. Third Down. Chrebet said he would not want to be anywhere else the last 10 years.

On August 16, Chrebet took another step back when he suffered a quadriceps injury that has kept him out the past three weeks. But this week, Chrebet began to practice again and will suit up on Sunday.

Chrebet is not apprehensive of the injury and is ready to take the bumps and bruises that come along with being a NFL player.

Head Coach Herman Edwards feels Chrebet is still the same productive player. He still has that ability to get open, Edwards said. He plays competitively and hes an overachieving football player and that makes him so good.

Chrebet worked hard over the off-season and said hes been thinking about opening day since he got back to camp. Im excited to be back out there and have never been more ready in my life, Chrebet said.

Jets fans are ready as well for Chrebet to step back onto the field and hoping he will continue catching passes for years to come.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: Edwards would not give a reason for the surprising release of G Brent Smith (see story below, posted earlier today). Edwards only comment was it was a decision we made at this point and were going in a different direction. But there is a possibility Smith can be brought back as Edwards said things could changeCB Terrell Buckley who the Jets signed on Wednesday will dress this weekend and should see some playing time in nickel and dime situations.

INJURY REPORT: DT Josh Evans was upgraded from questionable to probable and will likely rotate with Dewayne Robertson. FB B.J. Askew re-aggravated his shoulder and was added to the injury list. S Jon McGraw was downgraded from probable to questionable. He will not start but could be inserted in certain situations. Reggie Tongue will start in McGraws spot and rookie Eric Coleman will start at strong safety.

-DT Josh Evans (back): Probable
-FB B.J. Askew (shoulder): Probable
-DE Bryan Thomas (hamstring): Probable
-CB Donnie Abraham (probable):Probable
-WR Wayne Chrebet (quad):Probable
-S Jon McGraw (groin): Questionable

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