Back to the grind
By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
September 27th, 2004
After having the weekend off, the Jets returned to practice today and began to prepare for the reeling Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

After having the weekend off, the Jets returned to practice today and began to prepare for the reeling Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The two longtime rivals seem to be going in different directions as the Jets are 2-0 and coming off a bye while the Dolphins are 0-3 after last night’s loss to Pittsburgh. Despite the differences, the Jets know the Dolphins won’t be a push-over.

“They’re dangerous because when you get to that point where they’re at-the thing you understand about teams, they rally amongst each other because they know a lot of people are counting them out,” Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards said. “But good teams, and they are a good team, they’ll rally. We anticipate their best effort.”

RB Curtis Martin agrees with Edwards.

“We look at them as dangerous, period,” Martin said. “Miami’s always dangerous. They just got off to a bad start. We’ve been off to bad starts before and turned it around. We don’t take that lightly in any way.”

A big question mark heading into Sunday’s game is the health of C Kevin Mawae, who broke a finger on his right hand during the Jets win over San Diego last week. Edwards said Mawae did not practice today and is 50/50 to play against Miami. Mawae has a streak of 157 consecutive games on the line and said the last time he missed a game was in 1990 as a college freshman. But Mawae said the streak is unimportant as long as the team wins. “My streak is inconsequential and unimportant to this whole thing,” Mawae said. “If it matters, me being healthy to play the rest of the season, we’re going to make a decision of what is best for the team and what will give us the best chance to win and obviously what is best for me.”

Edwards said on Wednesday he should have a better grasp on what Mawae can do. If Mawae can’t play on Sunday, then there is a the possibility of moving Pete Kendall to center.

The other big injury that occurred in the win over the Chargers was LB Sam Cowart spraining his left knee. Rookie LB Jonathan Vilma will now start and talked about his development. “I feel I am getting more knowledge as I go,” Vilma said. “Each week I am improving, as far as the defense, as far as the conditions and I keep working on the little things.”

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: The team announced the signing of DT Alan Harper to the active roster off the practice squad. Harper was a fourth round pick of the Jets in the 2002 draft. He has spent most of the past two years on the Jets scout team. “It’s been a tough road,” Harper said. “You just have to be patient, keep fighting.”…. The team also signed WR Carl Kearney and DT Tim McGill to the practice squad. Kearney signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent and saw action in two of the team’s preseason games. Kearney had been on the practice squad earlier this month but was released. McGill makes the move from the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.

INJURY REPORT: Besides the injuries to Mawae and Cowart, the Jets are a very healthy team. Here is the official list:

C Kevin Mawae (finger): Questionable
LB Sam Cowart (knee): Out for another 3-6 weeks

The team goes back to a regular schedule with tomorrow off then practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Check back to Jets for all the latest breaking Jets news leading up to the clash with the 'Phins.