The spy games between the New York Jets and New England Patriots began last season.

The Jets were caught videotaping at Gillette Stadium last season and the Patriots had that New York employee removed from the area, according to published reports yesterday. Jets coach Eric Mangini said his team received permission to film behind both end zones during the playoff game in January.

"We taped the game, is what we taped, and we taped end-zone copy of the game, and we tape a double end zone, which is standard operating procedure for us," Mangini said. "We request that every single road game, and it's usually granted if physically it's possible. And when people request it from us, we do the same thing: We grant it."

Mangini maintained the Jets did nothing wrong, and had filmed at New England during the regular season without incident. It was nothing like what the Patriots did earlier this season, when their employee was caught taping New York's defensive signals and they were punished by the league.

"We ask for permission to do it," Mangini said. "It's within the league rules, and when people ask us to do it, we grant it, as well."

When asked why the Patriots stopped the Jets if they had already given them permission, Mangini just shrugged.

"I don't know," he said. "Really, it just was what it was. We had asked for permission, it was granted and then that changed, and we respect their decision."

New England coach Bill Belichick refused to address the situation during his news conference with Patriots reporters.

Noteworthy

* Dallas receiver Terry Glenn went through some drills at practice for the first time all season. Glenn, out because of two knee operations, is not expected to play Sunday against the Eagles.

* Denver punter Todd Sauerbrun proclaimed his innocence and expressed frustration over an assault charge stemming from an altercation with a taxi driver last weekend.

* Houston receiver and kick returner Jerome Mathis received a misdemeanor citation after his pit bull chewed through a fence and behaved aggressively.

* New Orleans signed kicker Martin Gramatica and placed Olindo Mare on injured reserve with a dislocated hip. *