The Jets could be "hamstrung" in their plans for integrating WR Braylon Edwards into their offense in time for Monday night at Miami.
Then again, maybe not.
It has to do with WR Jerricho Cotchery’s hamstring. Who knew that J-Co’s thigh was bothering him until he was listed on Thursday’s first injury report of the week leading up to MNF as limited in practice.
Today, head coach Rex Ryan said Cotchery did not participate in practice. He thinks he’ll have his top two wide receivers available for the Dolphins. But he’s not sure.
"Jerricho was out there in sweats but did not participate today," Ryan said at today’s news conference. "That hamstring is still bothering him some, so we’ll see. We’re definitely not ruling him out, but he’s not 100 percent right now."
So does that mean, Coach, that Cotchery could be a scratch for this game?
"That’s a possibility," Ryan said. "I’m expecting him to play, but that’s a definite possibility."
Needless to say, the situation is not as dire right now as it would be if the Jets were playing Sunday. He’s got an extra day plus to get his hammy ready for Miami. On the other hand, a hamstring tweak for your No. 1 wide receiver isn’t something to be taken lightly. We’ll know a little more Saturday afternoon, when the Jets will file their final injury report before the game around 4 p.m. ET.
Besides Cotchery, CB Donald Strickland (ankle) didn’t participate in practice today. S Kerry Rhodes (knee), CB Lito Sheppard (quad) and T Damien Woody (foot) were limited. So was WR David Clowney, who was excused for personal reasons but returned to get in some limited work toward the end of the session. Everyone else practiced full.
Two more one-liners on his "new" players. On LB Calvin Pace: "The Gazelle is back. He’s running all over the place, embarrassing his teammates like he always does, so that’s a good sign."
And on if Edwards looked more comfortable: "Let’s just ask his teammates what they thought of today’s practice from him." Then, trying to bait the Dolphins: "He’s probably going to struggle his first week. I’d just put one guy on him, that’s all I’d do. That’s me." But bottom line: "Like I said, when he’s covered, he’s open. So we’ll see."
Braylon’s Night Moves
Edwards was asked about his propensity to go off in prime time. He implied it’s no big deal, but it may be true.
"Every time you go out there, there are bright lights. We’re in the NFL, which is the No. 1 sport in America, the No. 1 televised sport," he said, then continued:
"The thing with me is I wake up. I’m a night owl. When I come in in the morning, I’m wiping sleep out of my eyes, just waking up by the time we go on the practice field. When you play Monday night games, they start at 8:30 p.m. and I’m wide awake. This is when I live, so that is the biggest thing with those. I’ve just been wide awake."
The stats suggest prime time, like Red Bull, gives him wings. Here are Edwards’ receiving lines from his seven prime time games with the Browns, five of them coming last season (home team in CAPS):
|2005-10||Sunday||STEELERS 34, Browns 21||2-64-32.0-37-0|
|2006-14||Thursday||STEELERS 27, Browns 7||4-86-21.5-45t-1|
|2008-2||Sunday||Steelers 10, BROWNS 6||3-32-10.7-13-0|
|2008-6||Monday||BROWNS 35, Giants 14||5-154-30.8-70-1|
|2008-10||Thursday||Broncos 34, BROWNS 30||1-15-15.0-15-0|
|2008-11||Monday||Browns 29, BILLS 27||8-104-13.0-23-0|
|2008-15||Monday||EAGLES 30, Browns 10||5-102-20.4-28-0|
|Totals||All PT||7 Games||28-557-19.9-70-2|
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Calvin Pace, Jerricho Cotchery, Miami Dolphins, Monday Night Football, Rex Ryan
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