Thursday, December 9, 2010
Jets decide to practice indoors
By Rich Cimini
When a team from Florida plays a December football game in the Northeast, it should be an advantage for the home team. The home team should be accustomed to cold weather.
On Thursday, the home team practiced indoors.
With the outside temperature at 31 degrees, the New York Jets moved inside to their field house. Truth be told, the field house feels like a meat locker. With no indoor heating, the temperature probably is only 10 degrees more than outside, sans the wind, of course. Word has it that the second half of practice -- closed to the media -- was going to be outside.
RT Damien Woody (knee) and S James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle) were the only two players not on the field during the open portion. Ihedigbo is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Woody has been sitting on Wednesdays and Thursdays for precautionary reasons, but he will play.
As you know, the Dolphins will be arriving Friday in New Jersey, a day earlier than usual, which doesn't make a lot of sense because they'll be practicing indoors at the New York Giants' facility. So much for getting acclimated to the weather.
By the way, the weather forecast for Sunday looks wet and warm -- a lot of rain, with a high temperature of about 50 degrees.