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Pats-Jets II: On the injury front

The New York Jets (5-3) will host the rival New England Patriots (5-3) in a big showdown for first place.

Here is an early look at the injury situations for both teams:

  • Jets: Starting receiver Plaxico Burress missed Wednesday's practice with a back injury. Burress has been bothered by it for a couple of weeks now. He gutted it out against the Buffalo Bills and still led the Jets in receiving with five catches for 79 yards. Backup running back Joe McKnight also missed practice Wednesday for an unspecified reason. I was in the Jets locker room after Sunday’s game and there was no mention of McKnight’s injury. The good news for New York is defensive lineman Mike DeVito (knee), tight end Dustin Keller (head) and starting tailback Shonn Greene (head) all practiced. That’s a good indication this trio will be ready for Sunday’s game.

  • Patriots: New England began this week's practice pretty banged up. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and safety Patrick Chung (knee) both sat out Wednesday. Spikes appears unlikely to play with an MCL strain. Both tight end Aaron Hernandez and linebacker Jerod Mayo hurt their MCLs earlier this year and missed a few games. New England also put safety Josh Barrett on injured reserve Wednesday. That leaves the Patriots very thin in an already struggling secondary.