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Moss reportedly could miss more time

The New York Jets could be without top draft pick Santana Moss for up to 12 weeks after the receiver underwent knee surgery Saturday morning.

Moss' family was told by doctors Saturday that he could miss 8 to 12 weeks, ESPN's Armando Salguero reports. Jets coach Herman Edwards said Friday that Moss, the 16th overall pick out of the University of Miami, would be sidelined three to four weeks after tearing cartilage in his left knee.

"When they go in with the scope, you don't know," Edwards said. "Hopefully, if it is what everyone perceives
it to be, and it shouldn't be that long, 3-to-4 weeks. If it's
something worse, then it could be longer."

Moss underwent surgery at HealthSouth Doctors' Hospital in Coral Gables, Fla., to repair the lateral miniscus on his left knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. John Uribe, the University of Miami team doctor. The hospital itself did not release any information about how much time Moss will miss.

Frank Ramos of the Jets public relations office said that Edwards expects Moss to be in camp on Long Island next week to begin rehab. Their timetable for his recovery hasn't changed until they meet with him.

Moss, with lightning-quick moves, was hurt Wednesday night
during practice on the artificial turf at Hofstra Stadium when the
Jets staged "Family Night."

He experienced soreness on Thursday but attended a special teams session, although he didn't
practice. When the soreness continued, he underwent an MRI exam,
which revealed the injury.

Moss chose to have Uribe operate rather than use one of the Jets' doctors. He is allowed to
make that choice under the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

"When you are getting surgery for the first time, you'd like to
know the guy, have a personal rapport with him," Edwards said.

Moss has known Uribe since Moss was in high school.

Moss, who runs a 4.31 40, was the highlight of the Jets' early workouts.
Nearly every time he touched the ball, there was a buzz in the
crowd and most of this teammates eagerly watched. Moss broke
several long plays as a receiver and a kick returner -- a position
where the Jets struggled last year.

"It's harder as a rookie when you get hurt," said veteran
cornerback Aaron Glenn, who will assume some of the punt return
duties until Moss returns. "He wants that first taste of preseason
ball and it's good for rookies to go through it. He doesn't act
like a rookie. It's like he's been around for a while, and that's a
good trademark."

Moss was heavily involved in passing patterns and running
reverses during practices. Edwards and offensive coordinator Paul
Hackett expect him to be an integral part of the new West Coast
offense.

The injury was the second to a key player this week. Nose tackle
Jason Ferguson has a tear in his right rotator cuff and most likely
will be sidelined until October. Ferguson might need surgery, which
would end his season before it ever began. But that won't be
determined for three weeks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.