Jerricho Cotchery likely out

Updated: November 17, 2010, 7:57 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jerricho Cotchery is looking for his second miracle in a week.

The New York Jets' wide receiver, who made a remarkable diving catch on Sunday even though he could barely move because of a slightly torn groin, missed practice Wednesday and appears unlikely to play this week against the Houston Texans.

Coach Rex Ryan, however, refused to rule him out.

"I'm not saying he's not going to play," Ryan said after practice. "He truly is a 'Let's wait and see what happens.'"

Meanwhile, quarterback Mark Sanchez, who hurt his right calf on a third-quarter sack in the Jets' overtime win over the Cleveland Browns, participated in practice on a limited basis. Sanchez has said he will play Sunday, but he missed a few reps in practice.

"[He wasn't] too limited," Ryan said. "He looked good. He did almost everything."

During the open portion of practice, Sanchez showed no lingering effects during positional drills. He was limping badly when the injury occurred, but he stayed in the game and led the Jets to their second straight overtime win on the road.

Sanchez said he didn't get an MRI and trainers will monitor the injury.

"Felt good for practice today so I took most of the reps," Sanchez said.

Because the Jets (7-2) have two games in five days -- they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving night -- Ryan scaled back Wednesday's workout to include only 34 practice plays and 40 walk-through plays. The schedule also factored into the decision to ease up with Sanchez.

Cotchery was hurt in overtime. He pulled his groin while running a pass route, hopped eight times in an attempt to get open and made a full-extension dive to snare a third-and-9 pass for a 10-yard gain. He was lauded by coaches and teammates, some of whom called it the catch of the year.

If Cotchery can't play, the versatile Brad Smith will move up the depth chart and become the No. 3 receiver, behind starters Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes.

The Jets could add a receiver for the game, perhaps Patrick Turner from their practice squad. Running back Joe McKnight and rookie tight end Jeff Cumberland, both good pass-catchers, also could be activated to fill in as emergency fourth receivers.

The Jets also could be down one or two defensive backs. Dwight Lowery suffered a concussion in Cleveland, Ryan confirmed, and didn't practice. Safety Eric Smith sprained his right ankle and missed practice, but he expects to play.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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