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Martin expected to play Sunday after MRI negative

The MRI exam on Curtis Martin's strained right knee was negative and although the team isn't saying so officially, the Jets running back is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported.

The team was encouraged with the test result, which was revealed Tuesday. Martin missed
practice Wednesday and is officially listed as
questionable for this weekend's game against Jacksonville.

"If he feels he can help the team win, Curtis Martin is going
to play," coach Herman Edwards said. "He's never going to put the
team in jeopardy."

Martin was injured in a 17-7 win over the Miami Dolphins on
Sunday. Though he played in the entire game, Martin woke up feeling
sore Monday and went in for the MRI. The 32-year-old Martin, who
won the NFL rushing title last season, hasn't missed a game since
1998 and has played through various injuries in his 11-year career.

If Martin can't
play, Derrick Blaylock would start.

The 32-year-old Martin has been one of the most consistent
running backs in NFL history, and one of the most durable. He has
missed four regular-season games in his entire career, and only
one with the Jets -- in 1998, when he was inactive against St. Louis
with a thigh injury.

In 2000, Martin injured the medial collateral ligament in his
knee in the season opener, then ripped the muscle away from his
tailbone later in the season. He kept playing and ended up with
1,204 yards. In 2002, Martin played most of the season with
injuries to both ankles.

He came into 2005 hoping to become the first back in league
history to start a career with 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons.

"It's always been a comfort zone knowing you have 28 [Martin]
behind you," quarterback Chad Pennington said. "I've seen him
play with two sprained ankles, I've seen him play with an MCL, I've
seen him play with a tailbone muscle ripped off his tailbone, I've
seen a bunch of different things. I had no idea he was hurt. I had
no clue; you won't hear a word from him."

Martin got hurt on the first drive of the game, when he was
tackled on a second-and-goal by Zach Thomas and was slow to get up.
Then in the second quarter, he took another shot to the knee
following a 9-yard run.

Edwards said he had no idea Martin was hurt until Monday
morning.

"It's tough but you learn that when you sit in this seat,"
Edwards said. "Every day you come into work, there's five things
you put on your desk that you don't really like but you have to
deal with. They don't cancel your games, they don't allow you to
get a bye. We have to prepare our team this week."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.