Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery plans to be back for...

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) Credit: AP

What happened to Jerricho Cotchery when he came up limping during his critical third-down catch early in OT?

Cotchery injured his groin - possibly seriously - and is set to have an MRI Monday to gauge the extent of the damage. After getting open with a quick lateral move that belied the injury he had just suffered, he made a difficult catch of a 10-yard pass for a first down, but the damage already had been done.

"When I came off of the ball, I just tried to move the DB a little bit inside because I knew what coverage they were playing," he said. "At the top of my route, I just tried to make a move. But once I came out of my break, I just felt my groin at that point and knew the play was still going on. So I was just trying to move around and find an opening in the defense.

"Mark threw the ball to me and I was just trying to make a play from there. I was grabbing my groin and he saw me a little bit across the middle and he just kind of waved me to the other way, and I'm like, 'All right.' He threw the ball away from the DB. I just tried to reach out and grab it."

 

Sounds as if Cotchery was hurting pretty bad, huh?

"Yeah, I'm in quite a bit of pain right now," he said. "We'll just try to get the MRI tomorrow and see to exactly what extent it is and just go from there . . . I can usually finish a game, it doesn't matter what it is, but I couldn't finish the game."

 

What happened to Mark Sanchez?

The quarterback injured his right calf in the third quarter but didn't miss any plays. "They wanted to check it out and make sure it wasn't my knee,'' he said. "Then I moved around a little bit and got it stretched out a little bit.'' He showed good mobility in the pocket after the injury.

 

Seems as if a few others got banged up. Any updates?

Dwight Lowery got clobbered during a second-half kickoff and left with a head injury. Eric Smith had a wrist injury. Matt Slauson reinjured his right knee/quad area and was replaced by Rob Turner for the fourth quarter and overtime.

"There's so much swelling that I couldn't bend," Slauson said. "It was really difficult to get in a stance and I felt like if I had kept playing, I would have done more harm to the team than good."

 

What was up with Shaun Ellis' fiery halftime speech to the defense?

"I just felt like I needed to say something," the defensive end said. "The coaches came out and they were whatever, so I just started talking. Guys listened and we went out and we played well the second half and into overtime. We just kept fighting . . . It was just, 'Let's go out and play for us, play for ourselves.' The coaches shouldn't try to get us riled up. It's up to us. It's not about the coaches, it's about us as individuals that are out there playing, no pointing fingers."

 

Any thoughts from Drew Coleman on the fumble by former Jet Chansi Stuckey that he forced on the Browns' first possession of overtime?

"Me and Revis actually had a miscommunication, and I happened to come back, and Stuckey had tried to gain some more yardage," he said. "When I wrapped my arm around him, I kind of felt the ball. So when I got a hold of him, I just kind of stripped at the ball. I was hoping [Antonio Cromartie] would pick it up and run it back, but he fell on it, and it was a good play for the defense."

 

Had to be a confidence-booster for Coleman after being replaced by Kyle Wilson as the starting nickel back, right?

"It definitely feels good for my own motivation and keeping my own confidence up to go out and make plays like that," he said. "But I always looked at it like it was Kyle's job to lose. That's what they drafted him for. He got in the fire kind of early and he's been working hard at practice. Working hard every day after practice, before practice working with the first-team guys. So it's not like we have to bury him on the bench. He deserves the opportunity to be out there and he came out today and had an excellent game."

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