A 100-yard Jets rusher an endangered species

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Their drought isn't exactly reaching biblical proportions, but it's certainly been a while since the Jets had someone reach triple digits in rushing in a game.

The last time that happened was in Buffalo Oct. 3, when LaDainian Tomlinson scampered for 133 yards and Shonn Greene ran for 117. The closest they've come since was Tomlinson's 94 against the Vikings Oct. 11.

"I always talk about the running game for running backs getting into a rhythm," Tomlinson said Thursday. "For Shonn and I, we've got to play off each other. So sometimes we don't get the carries to warrant 100 yards. In order to get 100 yards, if you get the ball 20 times, you need to average 5 yards a carry. If you don't, then you better be up around 6, 7 yards a carry.

"The good teams that we are playing, you are just not going to do that."

 

A subtle 'Dig'

James Ihedigbo missed Sunday's game with a high ankle sprain, but the reserve defensive back is on track to play against the Steelers. Sounds as if he plans on leaving a few calling cards with the rest of his teammates, too.

"If people ain't talking about our defense,'' he said, "they're going to be rudely mistaken come Sunday."

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Extra points

Dwight Lowery will start at safety in place of Eric Smith against the Steelers . . . DE Trevor Pryce (hip) might not be ready to go.

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