It could be a big day for Dwight Lowery at the 4-4 Jets’ return-from-the-bye, gotta-have-it game against the equally 4-4 Jacksonville Jaguars today.
Lowery has been announced as the starting cornerback for Lito Sheppard, who is active but will be worked back in judiciously after missing five of the previous six games with quadriceps issues.
That much we knew. But Lowery has also been announced also as the replacement to return kickoffs for the Jets in place of Justin Miller, who has been deactivated after replacing the injured Leon Washington for only the Miami game two weeks ago.
Also tied into the Jets’ active/inactive list today is a switch in kick coverage. Danny Woodhead, who was on the coverage team that couldn’t contain Ted Ginn during his two third-quarter kickoff-return TDs two weeks ago, has been deactivated and Marquice Cole, the speedster who was inactive for the Dolphins, is up for this game.
Among the Jets’ other inactives are LB Vernon Gholston (hamstring), injured at Monday’s practice and listed as doubtful for the game. It is the second time in his two years as a Jet that Gholston has been deactivated, the first time this season.
The rest of the IAs are QB Kevin O’Connell, CB Ahmad Carroll, LB Ryan Fowler and G Matt Slauson. Erik Ainge is again the third QB.
The Jacksonville inactives: WR Tiquan Underwood, safeties Courtney Greene and Gerald Alexander, LB Adam Seward, DT Derek Landri, OT Maurice Williams, TE Ernest Wilford and DT Greg Peterson. The Jaguars have not designated a third QB.
The Jags also have announced that fifth-year man Sean Considine will get the start at SS for Alexander, who was limited at practice all week with a shoulder injury.
The Green & White are back in their green and whites — green jerseys, white pants — in which they’ve lost four of their last five. The only victory was a significant one, though, coming in their opener and head coach Rex Ryan’s and QB Mark Sanchez’s Jets debuts at Houston.
Also at the Texans game, referee Ed Hochuli was the official wearing the white hat, and Hochuli will do that again today. It is Hochuli’s 14th Jets game since becoming a referee back in the early Nineties.
And working their second Jets game this season in the CBS-TV booth are Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts. Their first game was the overtime loss to the Bills in the Meadowlands in Week 6.
From here I’ll turn it over to Eric Allen and Kyle Richardson in the CoveritLive chat. I’ll provide in-game tweets that will appear in the chat and also on the Jets Twitter page http://twitter.com/nyjets. My game story will be live as soon as possible after the game’s end, EA will do the postgame locker room Radar entry and Kyle will provide a game sidebar.
Then Monday we’ll start all over again for that always special week of preparation before heading up to Providence, R.I., Foxboro, Mass., and Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots.
Tags: Danny Woodhead, Dwight Lowery, Jacksonville Jaguars, Justin Miller, Marquice Cole, Vernon Gholston
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