FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The gamesmanship between the Jets and the Patriots continues.
The Jets worked out former Patriots linebacker Shawn Crable Friday, just three days after New England cut their 2008 third-round pick. The Jets will play the Patriots on Dec. 6.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not say much about Crable, as he wasn’t sure whether he could comment.
“He’s real tall and skinny,” Ryan said.
Crable played in six games for the Patriots this season, recording four tackle and .5 sacks. He was injured often during his time with New England.
AFC East teams have been quick this season to claim players cut from other teams, such as the Patriots signing former Jet Danny Woodhead, and the Jets signing former Dolphin Patrick Turner.
TURNER READY TO GO: With Jerricho Cotchery out for Sunday’s game with his groin injury, the Jets will promote wide receiver Patrick Turner from the practice squad to the active roster. This will be Turner’s second game on the active roster with the Jets. He did not record a catch Sept. 26 against Miami.
While Turner did not know what his status would be for Sunday while talking to the media, he’s excited for his chance.
“I went through this week preparing like it’s a possibility of that, and if that occurs, I feel that I prepared myself that I can go in there and perform and help out the team,” Turner said. “I feel I can go in there and help the team accomplish its goals and that’s to get a win.”
DESPERATION: After a 4-2 start, Houston comes into Sunday having lost three straight games and in the process hurting its chance at making the playoffs for the first time in team history. The Texans are two games behind the Colts in the AFC South and two games behind Pittsburgh for the final wildcard spot.
While that losing streak could give the Texans the label of being desperate, veteran defensive tackle Trevor Pryce does not believe desperation makes a difference .
“Your job description is to go out there and win football games,” Pryce said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re desperate, you’re not desperate, lolly gagging, that’s your job description. Being a desperate team doesn’t make them any more or less dangerous and I don’t see them as a desperate team. I see them as a very good football team.”
SALUTE FOR THE TROOPS: The Jets hosted Military Day on Friday, entertaining troops from local bases and the New Jersey National Guard. Ryan said he had one of the military personnel judge the puck board contest, while another kicked a field goal.
“I always like having our guys around the military,” Ryan said. “You realize how thankful we should be. The guys are serving our country and (it shows us) how fortunate we are to have men like that and women like that serving our country so we can have the freedom to do this. It was just great.”