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Cotchery optimistic despite "slight" groin tear

Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery plans to be

Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery plans to be back for Monday night's game in New England, but whether that will happen or not remains to be seen. (Nov. 14, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

An MRI Monday revealed Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has a “slight tear” in his left groin, but doctors haven’t given him a recovery timetable or ruled him out for Sunday’s game against Houston.

Cotchery suffered the injury while running his pattern in the overtime period of yesterday's 26-20 victory over Cleveland. In pain, the receiver hopped around the field and grabbed his groin area before making a full-extension grab on a pass thrown from quarterback Mark Sanchez.

“I was just trying to make a play for the team at that point in time," Cotchery said. "...When I came out of that break, I just felt my groin give and I was hobbling around out there. I just saw Mark scramble out of the pocket and I was like, ‘Don’t look at me.' But he did."

The receiver said surgery isn’t being considered at this point and he'll instead “play it by ear” and see how his body responds to treatment, such as tissue massages, cold tubs, etc.

“My body normally responds well to treatment, so I’m pretty optimistic about it," he said. "I think I’ll be alright. I just have to continue to go with what the trainers have for me and go from there.”

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