FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan stepped to the podium, looked out at the cameras and opened his news conference with a warning.
You’re not going to believe this one, the New York Jets coach declared without any hint of a smile.
In what has been a bizarre season, the Jets’ wacky quarterback situation took yet another twist. Greg McElroy has a concussion – which he didn’t reveal until Thursday – and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback in the season finale at Buffalo on Sunday.
Ryan was not certain exactly when McElroy suffered the concussion but said there was no way he would play McElroy against the Bills and the third-stringer will definitely be out.
Ryan chose to start Sanchez over Tim Tebow because the team has just two practices and a walkthrough to prepare before the game. He also cited Sanchez’s success against the Bills in the season opener, when he threw three touchdown passes in the Jets’ 48-28 win.
Sanchez appeared to be on his way to a solid season, but it ended up being his best game.
He was benched for the first time in his four-year career after turning over the ball five times at Tennessee on Dec. 17.
McElroy leapfrogged Tebow on the depth chart to start against the Chargers.
Brent had invalid license, 0.189 BAC
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving with a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit at the time of the car crash that killed teammate and friend Jerry Brown, according to documents released by police.
Brent, 24, was tested after the crash in the early hours of Dec. 8 at 0.189 percent, well above the Texas limit of 0.08 percent.
The crash report also said Brent was driving with an expired and suspended driver’s license obtained in Illinois.
Brent was arrested and indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter.
Around the league
A person familiar with the penalty said the NFL fined Carolina’s Cam Newton $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official. Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (ankle) said he will play against Jacksonville. Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel had fluid drained from his left knee. Minnesota’s Jared Allen (illness) returned to practice. Cleveland quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy (shoulders) missed practice, and third-stringer Thad Lewis could start against Pittsburgh.