Florham Park, N.J.– With this being the 12th week of the regular season it should come as no surprise that for here on out every game there will be big names filling up both teams injury reports.
The Jets aren’t in anywhere near as bad shape as a team like the Colts, but two of the Jets starters are considered questionable, even though the general consensus around the Jets facility is that while Rex Ryan refuses to rule either Jerricho Cotchery or Damien Woody out officially, it seems unlikely either will play. Although according to Ryan, Woody is closer to being able to play than Cotchery.
“Both those guys, I’m not ready to list them as out yet, because we do basically have two full days of treatment, let’s see how they are.” Ryan said, “They’re both getting mental reps, they’re doing everything they can to play in this game. It’s not that we’re missing a whole lot of physical reps anyway. So if they can go — I’m throwing it out there. Just put it out there. They might make it. Who knows?”
Cotchery did get on the practice field today, as he participated in a walk through, where he was lined up as a defender, but that was nothing more than a light jog and required no type of stopping, cutting or making any type of quick movements and that’s going to be the issue for him. It seems Cotchery is healthy enough to run in a straight line, but asking him to cut or abruptly turn will most likely be too much for the Jets to risk.
As for Woody, the result of his MRI came back and there was no structural damage. Ryan said, “It wasn’t anything too severe and all that. He’s got swelling down there, MCL sprain. He hurts. It hurts him. He’s doing — he’s getting — he’s here as long as anybody. So he’s trying like crazy to get on that field.”
Ryan insists that if the players are ready to play, they will play. There will be no playing it safe looking to get them some extra rest, if they can go, they will be out there. If Ryan was forced to bet on who has a better chance of playing between Woody or Cotchery, Ryan said, “I think D Wood has. Jerricho looks great — and I say Damien because I don’t see him sprinting a whole lot. D Wood. But Jerricho obviously having to get in and out of breaks, and all that kind of stuff, there’s still a chance. Not ready to rule him out completely. But if I were a betting man I would say D Wood would have a better chance.”
If Cotchery can’t play, the Jets will stay with what they did last week with bumping Brad Smith up a notch on the depth chart and with Patrick Turner also filling in. Wayne Hunter would be Woody’s replacement if the injury keeps him out this week.
Of course Cotchery and Woody aren’t the only players on the Jets injury report. Dwight Lowery has already been ruled out again this week, due to the concussion he got in Cleveland and there were a few others named under limited.
“Guys that were limited in practice Marquice Cole hamstring, Drew Coleman groin. Shaun Ellis knee. Sione ankle.” Ryan said, “Notice I never say Sione’s last name? Brad smith with his back.”
Ryan wasn’t worried about those players status, clearly the Jets will be without Lowery, but they are still holding onto hope that at least one if not both, Cotchery and Woody will be available come game-time. However it’s probably best for the Jets and their fans to brace themselves for having to play without either one.
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