Jets' secondary shorthanded for Titans

September, 27, 2009
9/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


A couple of interesting notes on the New York Jets' inactives for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands.

As expected cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland are both out. Dwight Lowery will start for Sheppard at right cornerback, while Drew Coleman will handle the nickel back duties.

We'll see if the lack of two regular defensive backs will temper the Jets' defensive aggression against veteran quarterback Kerry Collins.

Receiver David Clowney has been dropped from the game roster even though he wasn't on the injury report Friday. That's bad news for a one-time candidate to be the No. 2 target after Jerricho Cotchery.

There's no doubt that's Chansi Stuckey's job. Clowney didn't have a catch and was targeted once through the first two games.

Erik Ainge regains his status as the third quarterback after Kevin O'Connell had the ceremonial captaincy versus his old team.

Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
  • Quarterback Erik Ainge (third)
  • Quarterback Kevin O’Connell
  • Guard Matt Slauson
  • Receiver David Clowney
  • Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua
  • Linebacker Jamaal Westerman
  • Cornerback Lito Sheppard
  • Cornerback Donald Strickland

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