Who's David Harris? Don't ask Benson

Somehow, the New York Jets have material for playing the disrespect card when it comes to their dominant defense.


Inside linebacker David Harris led the league's No. 1 defense with 142 tackles. He recorded 5.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Yet, as far Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is concerned, Harris is some schmoe.

Benson was asked his opinion on how the Jets' defense would change if Harris can't play because of an ankle injury suffered in Sunday night's playoff-clinching victory over the Bengals.

"I don't know how big of an impact he makes on that defense," said Benson, who sat out Sunday's game at the Meadowlands. "I'm not a big names guy or who's playing. I don't even really know who that is."

Harris, a second-round draft choice out of Michigan, is in his third NFL season and was worthy of making the Pro Bowl. He just couldn't beat out Ray Lewis or DeMeco Ryans for the two AFC roster spots.

Harris didn't practice Tuesday. He likely will be a game-time decision for Saturday's 4:30 p.m. kickoff.