Pennington preparing as if he'll play vs. Ravens despite ankle

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was preparing to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens despite being hobbled by an injured right ankle.

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Pennington, wearing a black wrap around the ankle at practice, participated in footwork drills but didn't throw any passes or take any snaps with the offense during the half-hour period that the media is allowed to view.

The quarterback walked with a slight limp, appearing to walk considerably better than he did after the injury Sunday.

"It's just a day-to-day process and I'm working extremely hard around the clock to do everything I can to prepare myself to play," Pennington said. "I'm just taking it day by day and seeing how much progress I make each day."

Pennington injured the ankle when he was sacked by Jarvis Green during the third quarter of the Jets' 38-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Jets have remained tightlipped about the nature of the injury, and wouldn't reveal if Pennington had an MRI exam, which he was believed to have taken Monday. The quarterback also deflected the question.

"I'll let you ask Coach those questions because I'm scared to answer those," Pennington said, drawing laughs.

Coach Eric Mangini does not allow anyone in the organization discuss injuries, including himself, saying they are internal matters.

"We'll see how it goes," Mangini said. "And it's really like everybody. We'll talk to the doctors, we'll see how it works and then we'll monitor it as we go."

If Pennington can't play Sunday, second-year quarterback Kellen Clemens would likely get his first NFL start. Clemens won the backup job over veteran Marques Tuiasosopo with a terrific preseason.

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