Jets list Pennington, Cotchery as questionable against Dolphins

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Quarterback Chad Pennington, still recovering from a sprained right ankle that sidelined him last weekend, was listed as questionable Friday for the New York Jets' game against the Miami Dolphins.

Pennington was injured in the season opener against New England and didn't play last week at Baltimore as Kellen Clemens got his first NFL start. Pennington, still expected to start Sunday, appeared to be moving well in practice this week, barely showing any signs of the limp that was so noticeable last week.

Coach Eric Mangini said earlier in the week that Pennington will start -- as long as he's healthy. Pennington was listed as limited in practice all week, meaning he missed portions of 11-on-11 drills.

"He's continuing along the path that we have," Mangini said Friday. "I'm comfortable with his progress throughout the course of the week. It's a plan that we've put in place and a plan that we've worked out with him and with the doctors. We'll keep following that through today and through the weekend and evaluate it each step of the way."

Pennington dropped back and put his full weight on the ankle in drills during the week, and said his goal was "to be available."

"With any injury situation, you have to go through the whole week," Mangini said. "I've been part of decisions where it looks really good going into gameday and you do a pregame workout and it's not exactly what you expected. Or vice versa, you didn't look as good, you work out pregame and it looks great. You have to go through the whole process before you make that final decision."

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was also listed as questionable after falling hard on his right shoulder near the end of the game at Baltimore. Cotchery appeared to be in pain and left the game briefly, but was in on the Jets' final drive.

Cotchery, sporting a small bandage on the shoulder Friday, has been listed as limited all week but has been participating in receiving drills during the half-hour that the media are allowed to view practice.

Also listed as questionable were cornerback Andre Dyson (foot), right guard Brandon Moore (shoulder), defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson (knee) and safety Eric Smith (thigh).

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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