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Jets RB Martin downgraded to questionable

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Dec. 9, 2005) -- Jets running back Curtis Martin was downgraded to questionable with a sore right knee and will be a game-time decision against Oakland on Dec. 11.

Martin, who has played nearly all season with the injury, had been listed as probable for the game. But he missed practice this week with soreness. The 32-year-old Martin last missed a game in 1998, and has missed four in his 11-year career.

Knowing Martin, he most likely will play.

"It would be the first time he didn't show up for one since I've been here," coach Herman Edwards said. "The one thing about Curtis Martin, if he doesn't think he can help the football team, he won't do it. If he thinks he can help the football team then he will play."

Earlier this week, Martin said, "This has been one of my more challenging if not my most challenging year physically." But one of the biggest goals left for the Jets is to get Martin to 1,000 yards so he can become the first player to start a career with 11 straight 1,000 yard seasons.

"It would be a great goal to accomplish," said Martin, who needs 265 yards to reach 1,000. "This is one that I think would be special. I have to understand that this would be special, not for myself, but just for everyone who's a part of it."

Rookie Cedric Houston is the backup running back.

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