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Jets QB Pennington throws in passing drills

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 31, 2006) -- Chad Pennington threw for a second straight day at the Jets' passing camp May 31, another encouraging sign in his comeback from a second major shoulder injury.

Pennington participated in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills May 30, the first day of organized team activities. He did the same May 31, indicating he had no major setbacks from his first team practice since last September.

The franchise quarterback is taking small steps in his rehab from his second right shoulder injury. He started throwing in March, but the organized activities provide him with a chance to do some live action drills with teammates.

A bigger test comes June 15, when the Jets start their veteran minicamp. Pennington has said he will be ready for the start of the season in September.

After tearing his right rotator cuff in November 2004, Pennington played through the injury and had surgery the following February. But he got hurt again last September and missed the final 13 games of the season.

It is unclear if his arm strength will ever be the same or whether he will be the starter in 2006. The Jets traded for Patrick Ramsey and also drafted Kellen Clemens in the second round.

Running back Curtis Martin, coming off surgery on his right knee in December, also practiced.

The Jets made several moves, signing veteran cornerback Ray Mickens, along with wide receiver Reggie Newhouse and cornerback Rayshun Reed.

The 5-foot-8 Mickens was selected by the Jets in the third round of the 1996 draft but was released by the team last August. At the time of his release, he was the longest-tenured member of the Jets' defense and trailed only wide receiver Wayne Chrebet (11 years) for the longest stint with the team.

He played the 2005 season with the Cleveland Browns, recording 30 tackles, recovering one fumble and defending 13 passes.

The Jets also waived quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and cornerback James Taylor.

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