Rex Ryan, Mike Munchak disagree about hit on Jake Locker

Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and Antwan Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and Antwan Barnes (95) bring down Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker during the second quarter. (Sept. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan called Jake Locker's right hip injury "unfortunate" but stood by Muhammad Wilkerson's hit on the Titans quarterback.

"I thought Muhammad did what you're supposed to do, lower your target," the Jets' coach said Monday. "He did that, and obviously there wasn't a malicious intent on his part at all. So in my opinion, I thought it was a clean hit."

But Titans coach Mike Munchak vehemently disagreed. He told reporters he had "emotional" conversations with the league after Locker was carted off the field Sunday after being hit by Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. "[Wilkerson] dropped his helmet into him and unloaded on him," Munchak said. "You're supposed to pull back on him when you're late. He didn't." Munchak also called Coples' hit "totally unnecessary."

Upon review, the league could fine both Jets players. It remains to be seen whether Titans safety Michael Griffin will be fined for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill. He suffered a concussion and currently is undergoing NFL testing protocol.

 

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Goodson 'excited' to play

For Mike Goodson, playing football feels "like forever" ago. After serving a four-game suspension for his offseason arrest on weapons and drugs charges, the running back has only one goal for himself: "Wherever they choose to put me in there, just bring a spark."

 

Ryan didn't provide an update on Santonio Holmes, who left the game with a hamstring injury . . . Chris Ivory, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, said: "I see myself back out there on Monday night." CB Dee Milliner (hamstring) still is experiencing tightness and soreness but hopes to play . . . The Jets named Patchogue-Medford's Gary Marangi their high school coach of the week.

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