Monday, October 20, 2003
Jets QB Pennington to play Sunday, will not start
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Two months after breaking his
left wrist, quarterback Chad Pennington is ready to return.
New York Jets coach Herman Edwards announced on Monday that
Pennington will play, but Vinny Testaverde will again start in
Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Vinny will start and Chad will come in the game," Edwards said
at his media conference. "I'll not let you know when Chad will
come into the game. We'll keep that to ourselves."
The NFL leader in passer rating last season, Pennington suffered
a fractured and dislocated left wrist when he landed awkwardly
after being tackled from behind in an August 23 preseason game
against the New York Giants.
The Jets expected him to return sometime in November, but
Pennington dressed as the emergency third quarterback in last
Sunday's 19-14 win at Houston.
"We're not sure if Chad can go the whole way, so that's why I
decided to start Vinny," Edwards said.
Testaverde, who turns 40 in November, is the NFL's seventh
all-time leading passer with 40,831 yards. He has completed
116-of-187 passes for 1,273 yards and six touchdowns with two
interceptions in New York's first six games.
After starting the year 0-4, Testaverde passed for a total of
four touchdowns in back-to-back wins over Buffalo and Houston.
Testaverde lost his starting job to Pennington after the Jets
started 1-3 in 2002.
Pennington led the Jets to an 8-4 record the rest of the way and
an AFC East Division title. He completed 69 percent of his
passes for 3,120 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions
for a rating of 104.2.