Jets QB Pennington to play Sunday, will not start

Updated: October 20, 2003, 3:38 PM ET

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.

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