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McKnight's 'three migraines' prompted McElroy benching

It’s the one question everyone seems to be asking...

Why would Rex Ryan deactivate Greg McElroy (the game-winning quarterback vs. Arizona) and suit up an injured Tim Tebow?

“I felt the whole season, when you looked at it, I was comfortable with Tim as our backup quarterback,” the Jets coach said Monday. “When he was healthy, when I felt he was healthy, obviously, he was cleared medically, but as I saw the way the week progressed, I felt good about getting Tim in that spot. And I said it last week, if he’s healthy – where I think he’s healthy – than he would have that role.”

Ryan said on Sunday that he planned to suit up all three quarterbacks -- starter Mark Sanchez, Tebow and McElroy, but when running back Joe McKnight complained of migraines before the game, the coach deactivated McElroy in order to activate backup running back Kahlil Bell.

Ryan said today that McKnight “was great” on the bus ride over to EverBank Field, but an hour before the game he started to experience migraines.

“He had like three in a row there,” the coach said. “…Sometimes when he gets the medication and all that, he’ll come back around and once it subsides he’s able to go out and play. But you don’t know when it’s going to pop up so that’s why I had to cover us and that’s why I activated Bell and went with, in essence, four tailbacks.”

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In other quarterback news, Ryan confirmed Sanchez will start on the road Monday night against the Titans.

Tags: jets , greg mcleroy , tim tebow , mark sanchez , joe mcknight , kahlil bell

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