Pennington upgraded to doubtful but will not play

Updated: October 8, 2003, 8:28 PM ET

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was upgraded to doubtful Wednesday, although there is no chance he will play this weekend against the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Herman Edwards said Pennington was listed as doubtful instead of out because he has started throwing again. Pennington broke and dislocated his left wrist in a preseason game against the New York Giants in August. Rookie Brooks Bollinger remains the backup.

Pennington threw about 50 times in a 20-minute period Monday for the first time since the injury. On Wednesday, Pennington threw to receivers and stayed 30 minutes after practice to work on his footwork, throwing and conditioning.

Edwards would not say when Pennington would return or if he was ahead of schedule in his recovery, but there is hope he can play before his scheduled return, Nov. 9 at Oakland. Pennington had targeted his return for Nov. 2 against the New York Giants and may be back as early as Oct. 26 against Philadelphia.

"I don't know if he's ahead, but for him to go out and throw and for all of mankind to put it on TV like we found our lost son, I have to say something," Edwards said. "His status is doubtful. It's not like I can hide it any longer. He's been throwing for three days."

The Jets are 0-4 without their starter and need him back soon to have a chance to turn around the season. Veteran Vinny Testaverde has started in his place and led the Jets to three touchdowns in four games.

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