Another dull day with the New York Jets:
• RT Damien Woody was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon. He underwent surgery Wednesday and faces a rehab of four to six months, according to sources.
The Jets employed Belichickian secrecy here because they knew about the injury immediately after Saturday night's game in Indianapolis, where Woody was injured on the final drive. Asked about it Monday, coach Rex Ryan said Woody was "wobbling," but that he expected him to play Sunday against the New England Patriots. He never mentioned the Achilles' injury. It was assumed that Woody had aggravated his surgically repaired knee. Obviously, Ryan wanted to hide it as long as possible from the Patriots, finally announcing it Wednesday -- when the first injury report was due.
Analysis: This is a key injury. Wayne Hunter is an adequate replacement -- he started three games when Woody was recovering from his knee scope -- but he's not the drive blocker that Woody is. This will hurt the Jets' running game, their best chance to beat Tom Brady & Co. Hunter is a high-cut tackle -- his body type -- and he will have trouble against Vince Wilfork, the 325-pound bull rusher who plays with a low center of gravity. (By the way, he's a lot heavier than 325.) Wilfork is listed as a nose tackle, but he moves around the line. You can bet you will see him over Hunter.
• QB Mark Sanchez practiced fully for the first time since injuring his shoulder, saying, "Honestly, it feels the best it has felt in three or four weeks."
Analysis: Good news for the Jets, of course. Actually, Sanchez played well with the injury, especially in Pittsburgh and Chicago -- two cold-weather games. That bodes well for his outlook Sunday because he will encounter an icebox Sunday in New England. In his case, the key is throwing accurately, something he didn't do inside against the Indianapolis Colts.
• Antonio Cromartie not only didn't back down from his profane comments about Brady, but he dared the Patriots' quarterback to go after him on Sunday. "I hope so, I I really do," Cromartie said at his locker. "I hope he throws the ball 10 times my way -- more chances to make him pay."
Analysis: Be careful what you wish for.