Cotchery suffered a partial groin tear two weeks ago and has yet to return to practice, but the rest may allow him to play in the biggest game of the season, Dec. 6 at the New England Patriots.
Right tackle Damien Woody, who sprained his right knee last week in the last-minute win over the Houston Texans, was listed as questionable on the Jets' injury report. That means they are holding out hope he can play, but that's unlikely to happen, according to sources close to the veteran lineman.
Woody would be replaced by veteran Wayne Hunter, who took all the practice reps during the abbreviated week. Hunter, who began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 2003, has never started a game as an offensive lineman. He started one game for the Jets last season, but that came as a blocking tight end. This week, coach Rex Ryan called Hunter the "best backup tackle in the league."
Backup defensive back Dwight Lowery also has not practiced and is out with a concussion.
The last time the Jets had to make a change in their starting offensive line was the final game of the 2007 season.