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Wolf
11-25-2006, 12:22 AM
http://www.yesnetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061123&content_id=1414013&oid=35007&vkey=9

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) D'Brickashaw Ferguson first met Mario Williams early in their college careers. The two were reacquainted a few months ago at the NFL draft.

They're about to get a lot closer.

The New York Jets' rookie left tackle will be engaged in one of the more intriguing matchups Sunday when he lines up against the Houston Texans' defensive end.

"I'm going to practice and prepare as if I'm going against Jason Taylor or anybody else I would face," Ferguson said in his usual soft, even-keeled tone. "I think he's a very talented athlete and I have to prepare accordingly."

Ferguson was the No. 4 draft selection out of Virginia in May, going to the Jets three picks after the Texans chose Williams out of North Carolina State. After last facing each other as sophomores in college, both were in New York on draft day and spoke briefly during the event.

"I don't think our focus at that time was, 'I want to go against you in the future,"' Ferguson said. "We were just happy for each other getting the opportunity to play in the National Football League and support each other."

Not surprisingly, both players have had moments of inconsistency in their rookie seasons. Ferguson has mostly held his own each week facing some of the best pass rushers in the game, including Miami's Taylor, Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney and New England's Richard Seymour.

"Every week, I'm going to have a matchup," Ferguson said. "For me, that's what I've come to expect that's what I know. Next week or the week after, you can ask me the same exact question and I'll still be here saying, 'Well, I've got another quality opponent I have to go against.' But I know that every week, I'm going to get somebody who's at the top of their game."

Although he isn't exactly in that class yet, Williams still presents a daunting task for offenses. He has 28 tackles and leads Houston with 4 1/2 sacks, but has been struggling with an inflamed arch the past few weeks. He was listed as probable on the Texans' injury report Thursday, although he didn't fully participate in practice. Williams has also had to deal with the overwhelming expectations that come with being a No. 1 overall pick especially when so many fans were hoping the Texans drafted Reggie Bush.

"He went through a three- or four-week span where he played really well," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. "I don't want to say that's dropped off the last two weeks, but he has struggled physically."

Jets coach Eric Mangini said Williams might also line up against veteran Anthony Clement on the other side of the field at times.

"Mario moves around a little bit, so it won't necessarily always be with D'Brickashaw," Mangini said. "He would be working against both Brick and Anthony, so both guys need to get ready for that."

At 6-foot-6 and 312 pounds, Ferguson is considered somewhat small when it comes to offensive tackles. Mangini jokingly said Thanksgiving might present a good opportunity for Ferguson to add some extra padding.

Big78
11-25-2006, 02:47 AM
does anyone have any info on the injury Mario is playing with? i heard the announcers talking about it one game and they said the name but i dont remember it. They said it was Very painful, but otherwise they had no actual info on it. Can any one get me better informed on it?

hot pickle
11-25-2006, 03:03 AM
i thought mario will only play the one side against the RT because of his injury or is it the other way around

Rovator
11-25-2006, 03:05 AM
Plantar Fasciitis... I had it last year, when you are one your feet for a while running or whatever, your feet seem to feel like they fatigue at a rapid rate and feel very sore.

HJam72
11-25-2006, 03:07 AM
does anyone have any info on the injury Mario is playing with? i heard the announcers talking about it one game and they said the name but i dont remember it. They said it was Very painful, but otherwise they had no actual info on it. Can any one get me better informed on it?

plantar fasciitis

Rovator
11-25-2006, 03:08 AM
hit submit to early...
I was able to get over it in a few weeks after switching shoes. I think recovery will take longer for him since obviously he has more stress on his feet with all the football workouts, plus the fact that he is almost twice my weight ;)

HJam72
11-25-2006, 03:09 AM
Here's a thread about Williams and his injury:

http://forums.houstontexans.com/showthread.php?t=31256

It's one of several.

The Pencil Neck
11-25-2006, 03:12 AM
hit submit to early...
I was able to get over it in a few weeks after switching shoes. I think recovery will take longer for him since obviously he has more stress on his feet with all the football workouts, plus the fact that he is almost twice my weight ;)

There are also different degrees of it. My wife had it about 15 years ago and she said it felt like someone was driving an iron spike through her foot. She had to wear orthotics and have a bunch of cortizone injections to even be able to walk. Hers was caused by a bone spur. She had to stay off it for a few months for it to get better.

phan1
11-25-2006, 04:12 AM
Mcneil for the Chargers has outperformed him. And to be honest, maybe Spencer would have outperformed DBrick as well... Wishful fluff, but I gotta say it. :)

Brick is going to be a good LT though. But he's not Pace.