2006_08_sjetslogo.jpg - In what shouldn't be the most shocking news in the football world, the Jets have named Chad Pennington their starter for the regular season. Until he suffers another shoulder injury, that is. Head Coach Eric Mangini cited Pennington's progress this pre-season as well as his presence, ability and leadership. As the newly anointed starter, Pennington gets rewarded by sitting out the Jets' last pre-season game against the Eagles this Friday.

- The news wasn't so good for Curtis Martin as the Jets placed their veteran running back on the physically unable to perform list to start the season. What exactly does that mean for Martin? He can't practice or play with the Jets for at least the first 6 games of the season. Martin, 33, is the Jets all-time leading rusher with 10,302 yards in his 8 seasons with the team. His 14,101 career yards rank him as the 4th all-time rusher in league history. Ending his career on the PUP list would be unfortunate.

- Carl Pavano revealed a rib injury earlier this week that make him a viable candidate for the Idiot of the Week award. On Monday, Pavano told the media that he had suffered two broken ribs as a result of a car accident on August 15th. That was news to everyone, including the Yankees, the team that is responsible for his $8 million salary. The Times notes that Pavano has been out of regular season action for a whopping 428 days. Pavano's injury came when he hydroplaned his Porsche into a garbage truck, resulting in a $30,000 bill on his Porsche and $20,000 worth of damage to the garbage truck. Since revealing his injury, Pavano has been scratched from more rehab starts by Yankees and any return to the team is now in question.