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Strickland and Sheppard Unlikely to Play Sunday

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Bad news out of Florham Park. Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland are probably out Sunday. So much for the hopes raised by not signing a free agent corner.

Playing the run-oriented Tennessee Titans without two-fifths of your starting secondary is one thing. Facing Saints quarterback Drew Brees with a banged-up defensive backfield is quite another.

That’s what the Jets will likely be doing Sunday. Cornerback Lito Sheppard (quad) and top-notch nickelback Donald Strickland (ankle) missed their second straight day of practice Thursday and neither is expected to play on Sunday at New Orleans.

"They were iffy, especially Strickland," said coach Rex Ryan Thursday. "Lito looks like he’s coming around. He was running today."

Ugh. Even if they do play, having them at less than 100% is a bad thing against these receivers.

Do you think Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman can step up?