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Braylon to be limited in practice, but expected to play Monday night
Braylon Edwards will be limited in his first practice with the Jets, but Rex Ryan is fairly certain the receiver will play Monday night against Tennessee.
The Jets coach said Edwards – whom they claimed off waivers Tuesday from Seattle -- passed his physical and has been cleared to practice.
Questions were raised about the wideout’s health Wednesday, when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team released Edwards because they expected him to miss the rest of the season because of a hamstring injury. Asked about Carroll’s comments, Ryan said: “Obviously, we felt different.”
Nevertheless, the Jets have chosen to limit Edwards during Thursday’s practice.
“I’m optimistic he’ll be ready to play on Monday, but again, I’ll lean on our trainers and doctors to make sure,” Ryan said of Edwards, who played for him in 2009 and 2010. “I will say this about Braylon. He is extremely happy to be here. I think you guys will see that in the locker room. I mean, he’s hugging guys, he’s going crazy.”
Then, he added with a smile: “And I was happy to see him, despite the obvious comment.”
Edwards created a Twitter stir last week when he called the Jets front office “idiots” in a tweet meant to support the struggling Mark Sanchez. Ryan joked that he and general manager Mike Tannenbaum playfully debated amongst themselves whom Edwards had been referring to.
"Me and Tannenbaum are both pointing at each other saying 'he's talking about you ... no he's talking about you,'" said Ryan.
But the coach said neither person took Edwards' harsh words to heart.
“There’s a lot of comments that get fired at me,” said Ryan, who added that he’s been called worse by his players. “So I’m OK with them.”