- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets' Damien Woody underwent an MRI Monday to determine the extent of an apparent MCL injury to his right knee, which he suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Houston Texans.
After the game, he seemed optimistic that it wasn't a season-ending injury.
The Jets haven't released the results of the MRI, but league sources indicate it's more than just a mild sprain, and will likely keep the tackle out of Thursday's game.
Woody didn't return to the game, and was replaced Sunday by career backup Wayne Hunter, who struggled in pass protection. Nevertheless, Jets coach Rex Ryan, known for heaping praise on his players, called Hunter "the best backup tackle in football."
Woody tweeted Monday that he was "getting treatment like crazy to try to get out there on Thursday."
In other injury news, Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who didn't play in Sunday's game because of a partial groin tear, likely will sit at least one more game before making his return.
The Jets are on a short week, as they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, which doesn't bode well for Cotchery. He still hasn't been cleared to practice, Ryan said Monday. With a monster game against the New England Patriots looming Dec. 6 -- a showdown that could decide the AFC East -- the Jets probably will take the cautious approach with Cotchery.
"It's hard to say whether he'll play or not," Ryan said. "He's doing well. Will he be good enough to play Thursday? I'm not sure."
The Jets' offensive line prides itself on durability. In fact, a starter hasn't missed a game since 2007, a tremendous run of continuity that has helped the line establish itself as one of the best in the league.
Defensive back Dwight Lowery (concussion) was ruled out for the second straight game.
On Sunday, Cotchery expressed hope that he'd be able to return for the Bengals, but he acknowledged that he still hadn't done any full-speed cutting. The Jets have only one more practice -- Tuesday -- before the game. His role was shared by Brad Smith and Patrick Turner.
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