QB could face Eagles in debut

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- New York Jets coach Herman Edwards said there is a "50-50" chance quarterback Chad Pennington will start against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 26.

Pennington, out since the preseason with a broken and dislocated
left wrist, will begin doing team drills this week at practice
wearing a red, noncontact jersey. Edwards said there is no chance
Pennington will start Sunday against Houston, but he could be New
York's No. 3 emergency quarterback.

Edwards said he will make that decision later this week, and
also is trying to decide whether to make Pennington the backup
before he starts a game. As of Monday, Pennington has not yet been
cleared to play.

"It's different with practicing and having to play in the
football game," Edwards said. "For me, I don't know if it's his
hand, but it's more of his conditioning. Where is he at? Playing a
game is different than seven-on-seven. As he goes on during the
week, we'll see where he's at."

Pennington does not want to talk about his progress until his status changes.

When Pennington got hurt Aug. 23, the Jets said he would be
sidelined 12 weeks, putting his return Nov. 23 against
Jacksonville. If he starts against the Eagles, he would have missed
nine weeks. The Jets are 1-4 without their starter.

Pennington began throwing last week for the first time since the
injury and practiced seven-on-seven drills with the scout team on
Thursday. He also worked on his footwork and conditioning for 45
minutes before the Jets' 30-3 win over Buffalo on Sunday.

In other injuries, starting safety Jon McGraw and backup cornerback Jamie Henderson are doubtful. McGraw injured his right shoulder against the Bills and had an MRI on Monday, while Henderson sprained his right knee. If McGraw cannot go, rookie Derek Pagel and Tyrone Carter would play in his place.

Linebacker Victor Hobson (ribs), cornerback Leonard Myers (right
shoulder) and receiver Wayne Chrebet (migraine) should be able to play against the Texans.