More of a hamstring/quad than a knee
Safety Eric Smith spent the just-completed evening practice (two hours, 12 minutes) near the stationary bikes stretching his body. The Jets, of course, have not specified what kind of injury he has but it looks safe to say it’s not a knee, because he wouldn’t have been out there had he suffered a serious knee injury.
I’ll stick with hamstring, though it could also be a quad. Given that he missed tonight’s practice, which was heavy on walk through and scout material, I’ll assume he won’t be playing Friday night against the Falcons.
Tight end Joe Kowalewski, offensive lineman Robert Turner and cornerback Justin Miller also worked out on the sidelines. Wide receiver Tim Dwight and linebacker Matt Chatham, both on the PUP list, also worked out at their own end of the field, mostly catching passes.
Speaking of which, I feel I owe cornerback Andre Dyson somewhat of an apology. I wrote in the “paper today”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070808/SPORTS01/708080367/1034/SPORTSÃ‚Â that he has struggled through training camp and looked bad in Sunday’s scrimmage at Fordham. Some of my cohorts in the press room argued that point, saying he’s been decent in camp and the scrimmage mishaps were more miscommunication among the secondary, not necessarily Dyson’s fault.
Tonight, he made a nice sliding interception of a Chad Pennington pass along the right sideline. So, mea culpa.
Meanwhile, heads up call by coach Eric Mangini to push the evening practice back to 6:30 from 5:45. Even though he had his team practicing on the turf field, the 45 minutes definitely made a difference. It was humid, but certainly not unbearable as it was most of the day. I was outside around 5:45 and it was still 93, 94.
No practice tomorrow as the Jets prepare for their preseason opener Friday night against the Falcons. The players are definitely ready to play a game. I’m definitely ready to cover a game as opposed to a practice.