The Jets acquired Braylon Edwards in a trade with the Cleveland Browns earlier this week and hoped to pair him with Cotchery to give rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez two top-notch targets. Coach Rex Ryansaid Friday there was a "definite possibility" that Cotchery wouldn't play against the AFC East rival Dolphins, but he hoped that wasn't the case.
Cotchery has 23 receptions for 356 yards and one touchdown -- all team highs. Ryan said he would turn to David Clowney, Brad Smith and Wallace Wright to replace Cotchery's production if needed after Chansi Stuckey was shipped to Cleveland in the Edwards deal.
The Jets' secondary also could be thin against the Dolphins. Cornerbacks Donald Strickland (ankle) and Lito Sheppard (quadricep) are listed as out and doubtful, respectively, and safety Kerry Rhodes (knee) is questionable. Strickland hasn't practiced since being injured during the Jets' Week 2 victory over the New England Patriots. Sheppard didn't play in last weekend's loss to the New Orleans Saints, but Rhodes did.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.