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Anxious Abe
By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
September 8th, 2005
The Jets will honor long time LB's Marvin Jones and Mo Lewis on opening day at Giants Stadium on Septeber 18. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Jets will honor long time LB's Marvin Jones and Mo Lewis on opening day at Giants Stadium on Septeber 18. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
When DE John Abraham takes the field on Sunday in Kansas City, it will be his first game action since last December when he injured his knee and missed the final four games of the regular season and the playoffs.

Abraham was asked about receiving scrutiny on how he will perform. “I don’t care because when I’m on the field I’ve been productive,” Abraham said. “A lot of people talk about what I’ve done and what I haven’t, but they keep talking about what I did off the field. They don’t talk about what I did on the field. You don’t really hear that I don’t play as well. They’re like, ‘Well, he didn’t play in the playoffs, he let his team down and he got a DWI,’ but what else do they talk about. I’m waiting for somebody to say something about me on the field.”

He feels that there has been too much of an off-the-field focus. “Read the articles,” Abraham said. “How many people said that I’ve fallen off as a player? Hundreds. If I could’ve played (in the playoffs) I would’ve played. Everyone talks about what I did off the field as opposed to on the field.”

The focus will be on Abraham on the field on Sunday. He has had a short time to prepare for this game since ending his holdout on Aug. 29 and signing his one-year franchise tender for $6.7 million.

“It’s been good,” Abraham said about his progression during practices. “Today was a little tougher than probably the other days because I went full pads for the first time, but all in all I think it was a good day. I still have to catch up with everyone else but I think I’m in the same general area right now.”

When asked yesterday how much he will play against the Chiefs, Abraham said between one and 50 plays. Most likely DE Bryan Thomas will be used on rushing downs with Abraham in on passing plays.

“I think I’m going to be fine,” Abraham said. “Everything is forgiven once you make a good play. Everybody knows that once you start playing well, everything is forgiven. If you go out there and stink it up, then it will be trouble, but if I go out there and play like I’ve been playing it will not be a problem.”

Abraham is excited to get back on the field. “I’m really looking forward to getting some of this rust off of me, getting back into game shape and playing the game, and honestly just being back for my teammates,” Abraham said. “That’s my main reason for being back now. It had nothing to do with the money, just getting back with my teammates. I know they need me here more than anyone else needs me.”

Number 56 will be a big part of how defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson’s defense performs and Abraham was asked about the defense getting back the attitude it had last year. “Maybe we still have it,” Abraham said. “Since I’ve been here I know that Donnie (Henderson) still coaches the same way, Shawn (Ellis) is still playing the way he plays and (Jonathan) Vilma is still doing what he has to do. Everybody who adds to the defense is working alright. Everybody has the mentality that we’re going to be one of the top defenses.”

INSIDER TIDBITS

-The Jets waived rookie CB Lamont Reid. He signed with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent before being released and claimed by the Jets off waivers last Sunday.

-During halftime of the Jets home opener on Sept. 18, the team will honor linebackers Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones. Lewis is sixth on the Jets all-time most career games played as a Jet with 200 and fourth on the team’s sack list with 52.5. Jones played in 142 games for the Jets during his 11 seasons and is third in team history with 1,200 tackles. "The Jets are proud that Mo and Marvin retired following long and highly productive careers with the New York Jets," General Manager Terry Bradway said. "Both players dedicated their lives to football, demonstrating a commitment to their profession. Serving as the pillars of the Club’s defensive units, both Mo and Marvin gave opposing offenses plenty of worries and gave Jets’ fans plenty to cheer about. It’s rare today to have a player spend his entire career with one team, and in this instance, the Jets have two and it’s a tribute to both gentlemen."

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INJURY REPORT

No one is listed on the Jets injury report.

The Jets have a brief walk-through tomorrow before leaving for Kansas City. Check back to Jets Insider.com for a Jets-Kansas City preview.