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After three series of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Testaverde was involved in his first pre-ordained benching to mark the return of Chad Pennington."I was just making sure that Vinny had a good flow going," Edwards said. "The first time we talked about it, we actually let Vinny go another series. I wanted to get Chad in there and get him going, and I told Vinny that something could go wrong or if something should happen, you be ready to go back." Even though Pennington played well his first game since shattering his left wrist in the preseason, it didn't go well enough to increase the Jets winning streak to three games. Pennington was clearly rusty even though he completed 14 of 24 for 154 yards.
|“||The one interception was not a bad read. It was a bad throw. Then I made another bad throw that could have been another interception, but they dropped it. It had nothing to do with rust. I've worked too hard to be rusty. ”|
|—Jets QB Chad Pennington|
"No, I didn't try to talk Herm into keeping me in," Testaverde said. "I knew the situation going into the game. Did I want to stay in the game? Of course, I'm a competitor. I never wanted to come out in the beginning when it was mentioned to me. But it's not my decision. The only thing I can do is go out and try to make plays when I'm asked to do so."To Pennington's credit, he moved the football. He had an 11-play, 70-yard drive to the Eagles 20, but Moss fumbled after an ill-timed pass behind the line of scrimmage. "I felt good with the reads," Pennington said. "I felt I was seeing things. The one interception was not a bad read. It was a bad throw. Then I made another bad throw that could have been another interception, but they dropped it. It had nothing to do with rust. I've worked too hard to be rusty." Edwards isn't going to second guess his decision. Though he wouldn't initially say Pennington is his quarterback for next week, he said Pennington would start if he's healthy. Pennington felt good though he acknowledged not being 100 percent comfortable. Pennington may be back, but the season is in about as bad a shape as his left wrist was earlier. The Jets are 2-5. Defensive end John Abraham, who had 3½ sacks in the first half, may be lost for weeks with a groin injury. "It hurts," Abraham said. "This season has been up and down for me, and I felt like I was finally on a good track. I felt I was playing well today. I really don't know if I can play next week." "That is our fastest guy on defense," defensive tackle Jason Ferguson said. "We really needed him out there." Edwards felt the Jets needed Pennington, too, but he didn't pull out this victory.
John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.