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Jets Didn’t Expect It, But Zach’s Out

Posted by Eric Allen on September 21, 2007 – 2:25 pm

Seven-time Pro Bowler Zach Thomas will not face the Jets Sunday. Thomas, who racked up 165 tackles to unofficially lead the NFL last season, suffered a concussion against the Cowboys and wasn’t able to practice this week.

"It’ll kind of be going day-to-day," said Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron of the star linebacker. "They got back the MRI and they didn’t see anything on that. They do further tests and so forth, so it’s ongoing, but he’s been ruled out of this game."

Moments earlier, inside the Jets’ locker room today, the Green & White expected a different outcome.

“We’re approaching the game like he’s playing and he’s a great player. He has been a great player for a long time,” said RB Thomas Jones. “We aren’t even looking at it like that. We’re assuming he’s going to play and we are prepared for him.”

Jones was the main media attraction following practice, but Randy Lange also chatted with Adrien Clarke about Thomas.

"We expect 54 to be in there,” said the Jets’ starting LG. “We know he’s a heck of a player and he fights through all injuries and everything, and that’s what we’re expecting to see."

This is a major blow to the Dolphins defense, which was already allowing 178 yards per game on the ground. OLB Channing Crowder will move over to the middle and Derrick Pope now becomes a starter on the outside.

You’d expect Jones to get carries early and often come Sunday afternoon. He averaged only 2.9 yards per rush against the Patriots and the Ravens, but he ran hard and he’s in a good state of mind.

“We have had a really good week of practice. We haven’t done anything different this week than we’ve done the past couple of weeks and training camp,” he said. “It’s the same thing. The defenses we’ve gone up against have played really good against us.”

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8 Responses to “Jets Didn’t Expect It, But Zach’s Out”

  1. By JOHNNYJET on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply


  2. By patrick leibel on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    With Zach out I think that the duo of Thomas and Leon will be hard to handle. I think the jets will have a lot of options out of the back field in the passing game as well. I am calling for a blowout to get the JETS back on track.

  3. By Ira on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    This has to be one of the 1st Jet games that Thomas has missed. I don’t like seeing players hurt but this could be a big break for the Jets. They should be able to run the ball better vs the Fish then they usually do.

  4. By Eric Allen on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    Ira, it’s the second he’s missed. See my Saturday blog for more.

  5. By njphones on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    I hate to see a competitor hurt or out, but it would be a break we may need. Is Zach out? I wouldn’t count on it, but either way we have to take it to them on Sunday. We need offense, defensive takeaways and special teams this Sunday. It would be nice to have them in that order.

  6. By dougmc on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    Players have been out or hurt the last 2 games… lets hope third time is a charm.We need to right the ship this week and the weeks to come. I bet Frisman Jackson would have caught the drops by Justin Mc. With the mediocre offseason moves we’ll always be playing catch-up to the Pats. We can only hope to be a solid team that overachieves instead of getting franchise names to put us in the up echolo

  7. By Drew on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    Has anyone read the Peter King column in SI?? King calls Mangini a snitch and codebreaker by turning his mentor in!! Has anyone realized what Belichick has done to Eric in the last few years? Let alone how he left the Jets and Parcells(his mentor)dry to go to NE while keeping the Hess money… He locked Mangini out of NE, the handshakes, tampering charges and then cheats in game 1! Bad job P.King

  8. By Tim on Sep 21, 2007 | Reply

    You never like to see a player get his noggin hurt, but the Jets should have a much better chance of winning this game (althought I think they would have anyway)

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