JETS PLACE LB BARTON, C MAWAE & QB PENNINGTON ON INJURED RESERVE AND SIGN G/T STEVE MORLEY TO CONTRACT Extension AND SIGN LB T.J. HOLLOWELL AND G DOUG NIENHUIS TO ACTIVE ROSTER
New York City- The New York Jets announced today they have placed linebacker Eric Barton, center Kevin Mawae and quarterback Chad Pennington on injured reserve. The club also announced the signing of guard/tackle Steve Morley to a contact extension, and the signing of linebacker T.J. Hollowell and guard Doug Nienuis. The announcements were made by Jets? Executive Vice President/General Manager Terry Bradway.
Morley, joined the Jets on August 8, 2005 in a trade with the Green Bay Packers. He has been inactive for six of the clubs seven contests and did not see action in the other. Morely played in 10 games, for NFL Europe?s Rhein Fire, making three starts. Morley entered professional football as a first round (first overall) draft selection out of St. Mary?s College by Calgary in the 2003 CFL Canadian College Draft and saw action in 11 Calgary games.
Hollowell, a 6-0 235 pound product of Nebraska, was signed by the New York Giants as a rookie free agent on May 7, 2004, signed to their practice squad on September 7, 2004, and re-signed to the active roster October 13, 2004. In 2004, Holloway played on special teams in four games collecting one special teams tackle. He was a member of the Giants? practice squad during the 2005 season.
Nienhuis, 6-6 307 pounds, was selected in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2005 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. A product of Oregon State, he finished his college career with first-team All Pac 10 honors as a senior starting every game for OSU at RT (offense averaged 307 passing yards and 27 points per game). As a junior, he was awarded second-team All-Pac 10 selection and started every game on the offensive line helping the team average 463 yards per game in total offense. Nienhuis took over starting duties at right tackle beginning his streak of 38 consecutive starts his sophomore year and played in nine games as a reserve RT as a true freshman.
Barton, a veteran of 87 NFL games, saw action in four games making three starts at his JACK linebacker position and recorded 25 tackles on the season before being placed on injured reserve. He originally injured his ankle in week three vs. Jacksonville before returning in week seven at Atlanta and injuring his bicep. Prior to his injury Barton had played in 67 consecutive games.
Mawae, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, had his string of 177 consecutive games played broken after injuring his triceps in week six at Buffalo. He has led the way for 44 100 plus rushing games by Jet running backs and helped the team to a 66 and 52 record since joining the team in 1998.
Pennington, in his sixth season, started each of the Jets? first three games of the 2005 season and completed 49 of 83 passes for 530 yards for a 59.0 completion percentage with two touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 70.9. He was injured while throwing the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 25 and subsequently underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, October 6, 2005 to repair his injured right shoulder. The procedure was conducted by Dr. James Andrews at his facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Pennington, 29, underwent a small rotator cuff repair and repair of the anterior capsule and labrum through an arthroscopic procedure.