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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Moore (hip) absent from Jets practice

By Jane McManus

Starting RGBrandon Moore was absent from Wednesday's Jets practice with a hip problem, although a spokesperson said he was expected to arrive after the portion of practice open to the media was over.

Moore's injury probably explains why they worked out free-agent G Chester Pitts on Tuesday. Pitts (6-4, 308) has 119 career starts, but he hasn't played this season. Pitts, 32, started five games last season for the Seahawks. That they flew him to New Jersey for the workout is an indication the Jets are concerned about Moore.

Rex Ryan will be asked to update Moore’s condition during his press conference this afternoon.

Moore played the entire game last Sunday, a 34-19 win over Washington. He was at his locker after the game and answered questions from reporters. Generally when players are injured, they get treatment immediately after a game.

Backup offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff appears to have an edge over Vlad Ducasse with Moore unavailable.

Moore had hip surgery in February and didn't start practicing with the team until training camp was well underway.

The Jets' offensive line struggled at times this season, particularly at the start, but the line has not allowed Mark Sanchez to be sacked for two straight games. Nick Mangold missed two games earlier with a high ankle sprain, and the center was replaced by rookie Colin Baxter, who is no longer on the Jets roster.