Jerricho Cotchery wasn't being overly specific, talking almost in generalities about his expected status for "Armageddon" a week from today.
"This is a division game," the wide receiver said when asked if he wanted to play against the rival Patriots in what seems to be the biggest game this side of Super Bowl XLIV.
"You want to be out there with your teammates. There’s a lot on the line and these last five games are very crucial. Everyone wants to be available around this time. My focus is on getting this thing all the way right and making sure I’m out there available for my teammates."
So that's when I asked J-Co outright: Are you good enough to play Monday or is it too early to tell?
"Hey, you’ve got to read between the lines on this one," he said with a laugh. "It’s a division game, a division game, 9-2, a lot on the line, you know? So I’ve been here the entire weekend. Everyone else had to take their vacation and deservedly so because they played in the game. But I was here trying to get my groin right and that’s been my main focus."
Cotchery, still nursing that slight groin tear suffered in overtime against the Browns two weeks ago, was limited in the Jets' light practice today here at The Hangar, a sign he's getting closer to a return. Cotchery spent the better part of the Jets' three-day break rehabbing and working out here with the training staff.
"After the workouts over the weekend, I felt good," he said. "That was the plan. They had a plan to work me out as hard as they could at that point in time and I’ll reahab and recover after that. It’s a great building process."
Another positive sign Cotchery is nearing a return? He's actually been doing some cutting, something he wasn't able to do early on last week.
"It’s all about how your body responds to it," Cotchery said. "So you have to make sure after doing that cutting and all of those things, taking advantage of that recovery process, icing it and doing all of that stuff in the training room. So that’s what we’ve been doing and it’s been getting better.”
Much better, in fact, than it felt trying to warm up on the New Meadowlands Stadium field Thanksgiving night prior to the Jets' 26-10 win over the Bengals.
"You have to be in tune with your body as a football player, to know how fast you heal, to know how your body responds to different things," Cotchery said. "So, I definitely feel a lot better than I felt on Thursday. We have a lot of time, Thank God, before this Monday game and hopefully I’ll be out there on the field."