Schwartz On Sports: On Pace For A Return?
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After being out since suffering a pre-season foot injury, linebacker Calvin Pace finally saw the light of day and left the training room on Wednesday. Although he didn’t officially return to practice, he did do some stuff on the side Wednesday and could make his 2010 season debut on Sunday against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Jets can certainly use Pace since backup linebacker Jamaal Westerman is not likely to play against the Bills. The former Rutgers star did not practice because of an ankle injury.
As for cornerback Darrelle Revis, he remains sidelined and all signs point toward him missing his second straight game because of a strained hamstring.
Tackle Wayne Hunter missed practice with an injured shin.
Tackle Damien Woody was excused from practice for personal reasons.
Center Nick Mangold and linebacker/defensive end Jason Taylor were both limited. Mangold has an injured shoulder while Taylor continues to nurse an elbow injury.
Although the Jets beat the Dolphins, it was not a great night for the defense. After practice Wednesday, I touched on that and other subjects with defensive tackle Sione Pouha…..
After recording the game-sealing interception on Sunday night, cornerback Drew Coleman split the first team reps with struggling first round pick Kyle Wilson. Coleman is expected to get the start while Wilson will be the nickel back.
VOTE FOR THE SAN-CHIZE!
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is a finalist for this week’s FEDEX Air NFL Player of the Week award. The other finalists are Colts QB Peyton Manning and Eagles QB Michael Vick.
Here’s how Sanchez stacks up against the competition….
*Sanchez completed 15 of 28 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the Jets 31-23 win over the Dolphins.
*Manning completed 27 of 43 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the Colts’ 27-13 win over the Broncos.
*Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 28-3 win over the Jaguars.
Fans can vote on NFL.com/FedEx through Noon Eastern Time on Friday and the winner will be announced Friday night on NFL.com.
JUST FOR HER!
Michelle Ryan, the wife of Jets head coach Rex Ryan, is being featured in one of seven print ads to publicize the NFL’s new marketing campaign entitled “Fit For You”. The campaign publicizes NFL Women’s Apparel and shows women how to dress up in team apparel for various activities.
The effort highlights ways female NFL fans can embrace football while staying true to their style and enjoying a healthy lifestyle, and there is even a chance to win a VIP package to the Super Bowl.
For more info, go to NFL.com/women.
THE JETS SUPPORT YOUTH FOOTBALL
On Tuesday, Jets and the New York City Department of Education announced the creation of two new football teams as well as the continued partnership for “Heads Up!”, a joint effort with the PSAL and C.H.A.M.P.S. Football Programs.
WR Jerricho Cotchery presented a check for $150,000 to the PSAL on behalf of the organization that went towards the Heads Up! Helmet Grant, the creation of two football teams, and two Play Like a Jets College Scholarships as well as the CHAMPS Middle School Flag Football
The two new teams will be the Harlem Pride and KIPP NYC College Prep. The donation is made available through the National Football League’s Youth Football Fund.
A GREAT READ FOR THE KIDS
Sports Illustrated will soon be releasing a great new book for kids entitled “All Access”. It gives young sports fans a great perspective on the world of sports including the equipment that football players wear.
My son, almost 5, just started playing pee-wee tackle football and was fascinated with the entire book, but especially the football section.
Sports Illustrated’s All Access will be released on October 26th.
That’s all for now. Check back later in the week for a Jets/Bills preview.