Nugent or Feely? Jets have decision at kicker

November, 12, 2008
11/12/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Perhaps the most intriguing name on the injury report for the AFC East's first-place showdown Thursday night in Gillette Stadium belongs to a kicker.

The New York Jets list Mike Nugent as questionable against the New England Patriots. A thigh injury has sidelined Nugent since the season opener.

"Nuge will travel with us," Jets coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday. "We'll make a decision tomorrow."

Mangini has said Nugent would retain his job once healthy, but replacement kicker Jay Feely has made six of his seven attempts from 40 yards or beyond, including both tries of at least 50 yards.

In last week's blowout victory over the St. Louis Rams, Feely tied a franchise record with a 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half to give the Jets a 40-0 lead. He made all four of his attempts.

Also on the Jets' injury report, tight end Bubba Franks (hip), linebacker David Harris (groin) and safety Eric Smith (head) are out. The Jets don't classify anyone as doubtful.

Patriots running back LaMont Jordan likely will miss his sixth straight game with a calf injury and is listed as doubtful along with cornerback Lewis Sanders (hamstring).

Running back Sammy Morris (knee) is questionable. He has missed three games in a row.

As expected, linebacker Adalius Thomas (forearm) and cornerback Terrence Wheatley (wrist) have been ruled out. Both are expected to land in injured reserve eventually.

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