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Postby Flux » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:15 pm

Suggs fails physical, headed back to Cleveland

By ANDREA ADELSON, AP Sports Writer
August 15, 2006

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Running back Lee Suggs failed his physical with the New York Jets on Tuesday, voiding his trade from Cleveland.

Suggs, who has had a myriad of injuries throughout his four-year career, was brought in to help bolster the group of backs struggling without the injured Curtis Martin. Now, he is headed back to the Browns. Cornerback Derrick Strait, who was sent to Cleveland in the deal made Monday, returns to New York.

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"We have a whole series of tests that we do, and we were very thorough with the process," Jets coach Eric Mangini said. "He just didn't pass those tests. ... Each team has a criteria they set up that they believe is what's important and what's needed to be competitive. I'm very comfortable with the tests we have set up."

With Martin unable to practice because of a lingering right knee injury, the Jets needed depth at the position. Derrick Blaylock and Cedric Houston are taking the majority of snaps, but are not the type of backs to shoulder the load.

The 33-year-old Martin, who is No. 4 on the all-time rushing list, continues to rehab and his future is in doubt. Though Martin wants to play this season, it is unclear whether he will be able to. It has been eight months since he had surgery on his knee.

Suggs hasn't been able to stay on the field for the Browns, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. At various times in his pro career, Suggs has been sidelined by injuries to a shoulder, neck, toe, ankle and thumb.

Mangini declined to say what part of the physical Suggs failed.

"It's just standard operating procedure. You go through a trade, you have to go through the complete process," Mangini said. "This is part of the process. Lee has done a good job in Cleveland, he's a good person and that's part of the reason we pursued him. I really think the opportunity was good for both players and both teams. I wish Lee well, and I look forward to Derrick getting back here and getting to work."

Mangini also declined to give a timetable for Martin's return, and said the trade had no bearing on the future of the running back.

"We were looking at it as an opportunity to improve the competition at the position," Mangini said. "Our goal is to increase competition and to make our team that much more competitive and improve the team where we can."

He also didn't rule out future deals to bring in another running back.

"It's fair to assume that there could be a lot of moves," Mangini said. "The moves are going to be predicated on the opportunities, and the opportunities are going to based on whether that move can improve the team."

The speedy 6-foot, 213-pound Suggs appeared in only seven games as a rookie because of a shoulder injury he sustained at Virginia Tech. Suggs won a starting job in training camp in 2004, but hurt his neck in the final preseason game and was inactive for the first three games of the regular season. He returned to play in seven games before missing three straight with a toe injury.

Suggs hurt his ankle during the preseason last year and missed Cleveland's first two games. He dressed in Weeks 3 and 4, but injured his thumb and was inactive for six weeks.

Suggs has rushed for 1,048 yards and four TDs as a pro.


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Postby BeefSandwiches » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:17 pm

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I don't know anything about the process, but I'm not sure if you can fault the Browns or Suggs if the the Jets asked him to do something out of the ordinary - you would think the Browns wouldn't shop him to anyone until they thought he would pass the physical.
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Postby Members Only Jackets » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:18 pm

what's wrong w/ Blaylock? Anyone remember his time w/ KC?
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Postby PurpleHaze » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:21 pm

Doesn't surprise me!

Like I said before:

Derrick Blaylock ;-D
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Postby BrutallyHuge » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:25 pm

Maybe one of the disgruntled Tennessee backs
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Postby BrutallyHuge » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:28 pm

Members Only Jackets wrote:what's wrong w/ Blaylock? Anyone remember his time w/ KC?


I'd trust the NYJ coaching staff before anecdotes about his 4TD performance a couple of years ago.

If they don't have the confidence in him, that's all that matters.
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Postby CrashOverrid3 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:53 pm

so then drop suggs?
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Postby Philly Pride » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:21 pm

And the mad dash owners made to add Suggs yesterday...

Is all completely worthless 8-o Wow, that's funny.
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Postby Twisted Sister » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:31 pm

Philly Pride wrote:And the mad dash owners made to add Suggs yesterday...

Is all completely worthless 8-o Wow, that's funny.


No, that's preseason!!! :-b
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Postby TheDeepBomb » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:33 pm

BrutallyHuge wrote:Maybe one of the disgruntled Tennessee backs


Reason #14014 why the Jets should pickup Chris Brown
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