Jets starting wideout Jerricho Cotchery missed his second straight day of practice Saturday with a hamstring injury, making his status for Monday night’s game highly uncertain.
And as Mr. Florio pointed out earlier today, Cotchery’s potential absence is going to put a lot of pressure on Braylon Edwards to produce in his first game as a Jet, especially with Chansi Stuckey now in Cleveland.
Cotchery was listed as questionable on New York’s final injury report, as was starting right tackle Damien Woody. Wayne Hunter will start if Woody isn’t able to go after missing practice Saturday.
The Jets will also be shorthanded again in the secondary: cornerback Donald Strickland is out, and Lito Sheppard is listed as doubtful with a quadricep injury. Safety Kerry Rhodes is expected to play despite being listed as questionable.
For the Dolphins, Joey Porter is listed as questionable after a limited practice Saturday, but he’s expected to play. The fact that Porter has been talking all week that the AFC East title still goes through Miami indicates he believes he’ll be ready to go.
And Porter is right to think that the Dolphins still have a chance to repeat. A win over the Jets would make them 2-0 in the division heading into the bye, with plenty of time to climb out of their 0-3 hole to start the year.