Jerricho Cotchery won't be suiting up Sunday.
The wide receiver has officially been ruled out with that slight groin tear suffered against the Browns five days ago. Cotchery, who finally hit the practice field briefly today for the first time this week, had been holding out hope he'd be able to play versus the Texans at New Meadowlands Stadium.
But the Jets decided to keep him sidelined.
"It was the right thing to do," Cotchery said. "I worked as hard as I could this week to give myself a chance to play in this game, but I didn’t make enough progress before this game. I wasn’t able to do enough stuff on the field and you have a game plan as well, so you need to be in there getting reps. So it was very wise., It was very wise. But I’m just going to continue to work to get my groin better and hopefully have a chance at playing next week."
Did he have to be convinced to take a seat?
"Always, always," he said with a laugh. "Sometimes you have to have someone else to get you out of the way, so it was a good decision. Obviously, as a player you don’t want to miss any games. You want to be out there with your teammates, helping them win games, you know? But the will be ready to play on Sunday and I’ll be out there rooting them on."
"If we were playing in the Super Bowl, he’d be playing," Rex Ryan said. "But we have more games to play this year and we’ve got to make sure that we are doing the right things by him and for ourselves as well."
Cotchery said he feels much better today than he did earlier in the week, and the treatment he's been getting is slowly working. He's been receiving rub downs and muscle stimulation, and has also spent a lot of time running under water on the treadmill.
Believe it or not, he actually cut it loose a bit during practice earlier.
"Today, I was able to do a lot of running," Cotchery said. "I picked it up a lot as far as straight ahead speed. I didn’t do any cutting or anything like that. But today was another huge step towards making it back on the field. The pain, there’s no pain. There’s still some sensitivity getting rubs and all those things as far as treatment wise. Those are the normal soreness from working hard."
And that's why he believes he can be ready Thanksgiving night when the Jets host the Bengals.
"I think the approach that I had this week has given me a good shot at making it next week," Cotchery said. "I approached it as if I was getting ready for this game, you know, and that sped up the recovery. I spent a lot of time in the training room, wasn’t able to watch any of my highlights this week. Everyone was asking me about that. I haven’t been able to see any of those but I think that approach has helped me have a chance at playing for next week."
--* DBs Dwight Lowery (concussion) and Marquice Cole (hamstring) have also been ruled out, and there are a gaggle of others who're listed as probable.
LB David Harris (calf), WR Brad Smith (low back), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Josh Mauga (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot), CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), QB Mark Sanchez (calf), and RT Damien Woody (ankle) each will get the probable tag, but Ryan expects every single one of them to play.