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Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery says MRI revealed 'slight' groin tear


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Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery said an MRI today revealed a 'slight' tear in his left groin, which he will continue to rehab and see how his body responds

Cotchery, who injured himself Sunday before an overtime catch coach Rex Ryan called "the gutsiest play I've seen in a long, long time," said he hasn't been ruled out for this week's game at New Meadowlands Stadium. He was not given a recovery timetable, which he says is a good thing.

"They just said they're going to see how my body responds to it and go from there," Cotchery said. "Usually when it's bad, they can put a timetable on right away."

Ryan was encouraged by Cotchery's improvement overnight, saying he was "shocked" Cotchery was able to move around today.

"We'll see how the week plays out, but I'm not going to say he's definitely out," Ryan said. "That's certainly a possibility, but he is much better than we thought.

Cotchery said rehab will include ice, stimulation, cold tubs and tissue massage. He was in "quite a bit of pain" after the Jets' 26-20 overtime win at Cleveland, but said it had lessened today. He had treatment after the game and came in early for treatment this morning, too, which he said took away some of the pain and swelling.

He said there have been no discussions about surgery at this point.

"My body normally responds well to treatment," Cotchery said. "I'm pretty optimistic about it. I think I'll be alright."

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez is "beat up" and has swelling in his right calf, Ryan said, "but he's going to be just fine." Asked if they would limit Sanchez in practice at all this week, Ryan said they would play it by ear.

"We'll see how he is, and all that stuff, but I think he's going to be OK," Ryan said. "If you're able to finish a game, that generally means that's a good sign that you can play the next week."

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Left guard Matt Slauson feels better today than he did the Monday after the Detroit game, Ryan said, which is when he originally injured his knee. Slauson left the game at the start of the fourth quarter, but Ryan said how he feels today is "encouraging."

Ryan said safety Eric Smith does not have a wrist injury, as the coach said after the game, but an ankle injury. Cornerback Dwight Lowery sustained a head injury on a kickoff but Ryan did not know if it was a concussion

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