Testaverde named Jets' starting QB

Oct. 5, 2005 at 4:38 PM
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Veteran Vinny Testaverde Wednesday was named starting quarterback of the New York Jets for Sunday's contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I feel that Vinny's a veteran guy who gives us a chance to make some plays in the passing game," Coach Herm Edwards told reporters during his weekly news conference.

Testaverde -- who has thrown for 44,475 yards with 268 touchdowns over 18 years -- was signed last week following news that Chad Pennington will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn rotator cuff, and back-up Jay Fiedler could be out for the year because of a dislocated right shoulder.

Third-year pro Brooks Bollinger, who began the season as the third-string quarterback, played in last week's 13-3 loss to Baltimore and was 14-of-28 for 149 yards.

Testaverde is in his second stint with New York. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in the 1998-99 season.

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