In what was not exactly unexpected, SportsTicker and the Star-Ledger are both reporting that New York Jets reserve quarterback Kellen Clemens will start this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Clemens will start in place of starter Chad Pennington, who suffered an ankle injury (disclosed as a bruised ankle) against the New England Patriots last Sunday.
The Star-Ledger quoted one anonymous source as saying, “Chad’s not going to play (against the Ravens). It’s Kellen.” Pennington, in the meantime, is supporting whatever decision comes his way; he told the Star-Ledger, “He’s done a good job preparing himself, and the most difficult part about being a backup quarterback is you never know when your opportunity will arise and you have to be able to take advantage of it. He’ll be fine. Whatever happens, I’ll be right there supporting my teammates and making sure I can do everything I can if I’m not available.”
That statement makes it sound like Clemens will get the nod Sunday. Unfortunately, his opponent is the Baltimore Ravens – not exactly the team you want to make your starting debut against. For the Jets’ sake, they can only hope that either a major miracle between now and Sunday occurs or that the Clemens start is a 1 week thing.