Jets grounded by injuries

By FRANK SCHWAB THE GAZETTE Updated: November 17, 2005 at 12:00 am • Published: November 17, 2005
ENGLEWOOD - Nobody feels sorry for the New York Jets, but the Denver Broncos realize the Jets team they’ll face Sunday has been decimated by injuries.
The Jets, who won 10 regular-season games last year and narrowly missed advancing to the AFC championship game, have dealt with injuries to quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler, offensive linemen Kevin Mawae and Jason Fabini and receiver Wayne Chrebet. The Jets are 2-7 and the starting quarterback will be Brooks Bollinger, a 2003 sixth-round pick who had nine career passes in the NFL before this season. “Sometimes when you have key injuries and guys getting hurt, it’s always hard to come back from that,” safety Nick Ferguson said. “This is a good team that has been put in a bad situation by injuries.” The Broncos have avoided any major injuries this season. Cornerback Champ Bailey was slowed by a hamstring injury for most of the first half of the season, but Denver has been pretty healthy otherwise. “You can prepare real hard sometimes, but it’s luck,” safety John Lynch said. “We’ve been fortunate.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or fschwab@gazette.com.
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