Abraham plans to take it well

Updated: October 12, 2003, 11:22 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive end John Abraham was deactivated for their game against the Buffalo Bills.

John Abraham
Abraham

Coach Herman Edwards made the decision not to play Abraham because the starter was arrested for drunken driving after he drove his sports utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and light pole on Oct. 1. Abraham, a two-time Pro-Bowl selection, started all four games this year and has 2½ sacks.

Bryan Thomas started in his place.

The Jets top pass rusher practiced after his arrest, but that did not indicate that he would take the field Sunday against the Bills. Abraham's official status for Sunday's game was not announced early in the week by coach Herman Edwards.

Abraham, though, seemed resigned to a one-game punishment after pleading guilty to his Oct. 7 arrest.

"It wouldn't be right if I were to come back, go right back to the team and be starting and doing everything like that," Abraham said during a meeting with the media following his one-car crash last Wednesday.

"I'm not going to be a baby about it and cry," he said. "I'm going to take it on the chin and move on after this week."


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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