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Evans done for season

By Compiled by Jets Insider.com staff
September 21st, 2004
The Jets ended speculation on the severity of DT Josh Evans’ sore back today by announcing he will undergo surgery and be placed on the injured reserve list.

The Jets ended speculation on the severity of DT Josh Evans’ sore back today by announcing he will undergo surgery and be placed on the injured reserve list.

Evans had been bothered by the injury throughout training camp and the condition worsened as the season started. While he did play in the season opener last week, Evans was visibly in pain. He didn’t dress this past week against San Diego. The team last week signed DT Daleroy Stewart off waivers from Dallas to try to increase depth at the position.

The team also announced that LB Sam Cowart (sprained knee) will likely be out for at least 4-6 weeks. Rookie Jonathan Vilma will start at MLB while Cowart is out.

C Kevin Mawae, who broke the fourth metacarpal on his right hand could be back after the bye week in Miami. The break was clean and usually recovery tome for this type of injury is 2-4 weeks. If Mawae is not able to go, the team will likely start backup center Jonathan Goodwin. Although there has been some chatter about switching Mawae and G Pete Kendall, this likely won’t happen since Mawae’s absence won’t be very long. If the injury does take longer to heal than expected the more likely scenario would be moving Kendall to center and backup G Brent Smith in Kendall’s spot.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: After reports today that the Raiders were again trying to acquire RB LaMont Jordan from the Jets, GM Terry Bradway quickly dispelled the rumors. “LaMont Jordan is going to be a Jet in 2004,” Bradway said. “There is no trade. There has never been any trade. So that’s it. That’s the end of story.”....With Evans departure to the IR, the team may bring back RB Jonathan Reese with the open roster spot....After Curtis Martin won the FedEx RB award last week for his spectacular performance against the Bengals, QB Chad Pennington is one of three quarterbacks nominated for the FedEx Air Award. Pennington was 22-for-29 passing for 258 yards to lead the Jets to a 34-28 win over the Chargers. Also, after winning last week, Jets rookie safety Erik Coleman was nominated again this week for Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Week. Coleman turned in another impressive performance against the Chargers by notching four tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery....After two weeks, Chad Pennington leads the AFC and is second in the NFL with a 124.3 QB rating. RB Curtis Martin leads the NFL in rushing with 315 yards.

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