With Quinton Coples to have 'medical procedure,' Garrett McIntyre sees opportunity
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - With Quinton Coples set to undergo a "medical procedure" Tuesday, the Jets touted the ever-popular "next-man-up" mantra -- and Garrett McIntyre is anxious to fill the void.
The team provided no further update on Coples, who, according to a source, suffered a hairline fracture in his right ankle in Saturday night's preseason win over Jacksonville. The only certainty surrounding the second-year defensive end/outside linebacker's situation is that McIntyre, 28, will start in his place.
"I don't know the particulars right now on surgery," Rex Ryan said of Coples, the 16th overall pick in 2012. "We just know that he's out for at least the preseason game. We're putting it that he's 'out indefinitely' because we don't know exactly the time frame on it."
And according to Ryan, McIntyre has "earned the right" to play with the starters until Coples returns.
"It's unfortunate when somebody goes down in front of you, but that's football," said McIntyre, a self-described journeyman, who had 3.5 sacks for the Jets last season. "It's a great opportunity for me to go out with the ones and show what I've got. In this game, if you don't take advantage of opportunities, you don't play for very long."
GM John Idzik said on WFAN that WR Santonio Holmes hopefully is "getting close" to returning, adding Holmes is running on grass and showing "functional movement." Idzik also said he expects to see RB Mike Goodson in a Jets uniform "at some point" this season . . . . RB/KR Joe McKnight, who practiced in a red non-contact jersey, said he expects to play Saturday against the Giants . . . P Robert Malone (back) returned to practice after a week.