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Testaverde returning to New York Jets

Sept. 27, 2005 at 9:37 PM

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Vinny Testaverde, a 41-year-old quarterback, is rejoining the New York Jets as a backup.

Third-year pro Brooks Bollinger will still get the start on Sunday when the Jets head to Baltimore to face the Ravens.

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The Jets announced Tuesday that quarterback Chad Pennington suffered a torn rotator cuff in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and will likely be lost for the year.

Backup Jay Fiedler suffered a dislocated right shoulder on Sunday and also could be lost for the year.

Testaverde played for the Jets from 1998-2003. In his first year with New York, he completed 259-of-421 passes for 3,256 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games.

Testaverde played in all 16 games for Dallas last season and completed 297-of-495 passes for 3,523 yards with 17 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Testaverde has thrown for 44,475 yards with 268 touchdowns and 255 picks in his 18-year career.

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