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Jets' Coles may sit out vs. Redskins with concussion

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles has a
concussion and it was uncertain Wednesday if he'll play in New
York's game against Washington this weekend.

Coach Eric Mangini addressed Coles' injury during a conference
call with Redskins beat writers. Mangini didn't mention Coles in
his earlier news conference with Jets writers.

"Any time you have an injury it is scary," Mangini said.
"With a guy like Laveranues who is so tough, you have to be
careful and make sure you go through the same process that you
would go through with every other player. That is what we are
doing."

The Jets wide receiver didn't practice Wednesday and wouldn't
address the injury because it's against team policy. Mangini was
unsure if Coles will be ready to play Sunday against the Redskins.

"We will go through the process and look at him throughout the
course of the week and evaluate him when we get a lot closer to the
game," Mangini said.

Coles was injured last Sunday with 7:41 left in the Jets' 13-3
loss to Buffalo when he jumped to catch a pass from Chad Pennington
and was immediately hit in the middle of the back by Terrence
McGee. Coles' chest and head slammed to the turf and he stayed
face-down for several minutes. He was eventually able to walk off
the field, but didn't return.

Coles has 42 catches for 473 yards and a team-leading six
touchdowns. He hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in
2000, and has a streak of 104 consecutive regular-season games
played.

On Wednesday, Coles was on the practice field in green sweats
and a Jets cap while the wide receivers went through drills during
the half-hour window the media get to watch. He also spoke a few
times with Pennington, his good friend who was benched in favor of
second-year quarterback Kellen Clemens.

It is believed to be the second concussion the star receiver has
suffered in 10 months.

Coles was tackled hard by Miami's Zach Thomas during a game last
Christmas, a hit that left him motionless on the Dolphin Stadium
turf for a few seconds and caused a cut on Coles' head. It was
reported that Coles suffered a concussion, but the Jets never
verified the injury. The wide receiver was back in the starting
lineup the following weekend against Oakland.