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No chance QB returns this week

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was
upgraded to doubtful Tuesday, although there is no chance he will
play this weekend against the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Herman Edwards said Pennington was listed as doubtful
instead of out because he has started throwing again. Pennington
broke and dislocated his left wrist in a preseason game against the
New York Giants in August. Rookie Brooks Bollinger remains the
backup.

Pennington threw about 50 times in a 20-minute period Monday for
the first time since the injury. On Wednesday, Pennington threw to
receivers and stayed 30 minutes after practice to work on his
footwork, throwing and conditioning.

Edwards would not say when Pennington would return or if he was
ahead of schedule in his recovery, but there is hope he can play
before his scheduled return, Nov. 9 at Oakland. Pennington had
targeted his return for Nov. 2 against the New York Giants and may
even be back as early as Oct. 26 against Philadelphia.

"I don't know if he's ahead, but for him to go out and throw
and for all of mankind to put it on TV like we found our lost son,
I have to say something," Edwards said. "His status is doubtful.
It's not like I can hide it any longer. He's been throwing for
three days."

The Jets are 0-4 without their starter and need him back soon to
have a chance to turn around the season. Veteran Vinny Testaverde
has started in his place and led the Jets to three touchdowns in
four games.