New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington appears ready to rejoin the starting lineup after missing last week’s 20-13 loss to Baltimore with an ankle injury. Pennington (pictured) took the majority of yesterday’s snaps at practice with the Jets’ first team, and head coach Eric Mangini noticed a marked improvement in the seven-year veteran’s comfort level and mobility. “I thought he looked good in the reps that he had,” Mangini said. “He moved pretty well.”
Backup QB Kellen Clemens, who struggled for the first 45 minutes last week before settling down and leading a superb fourth-quarter comeback, seemed ready to return to the bench. “I understand Chad’s the starter and my role is as the backup,” he said. “It was a lot of fun being the starter for a week. It was definitely a nice taste for me.” Of course, Pennington’s body is more fragile than an Israel-Palestinian peace agreement, so Clemens should be on the field again in no time.