FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Kleenex might really jump on board as a Jets sponsor if they win the Super Bowl.
That's because Rex Ryan offered another guarantee Thursday, one that surely would make for a Kodak moment. Ryan was being peppered with questions about his emotions as he prepares for his first playoff game as a head coach, and he made fun of his November crying incident at a team meeting that took on a life of its own.
"You've been wanting me to cry a long time in front of you guys because you guys missed it," he cracked to reporters. "I'll bawl like a baby if we win the Super Bowl. For me, emotionally I'm excited for this opportunity. I won't be surprised when we win. That's how I feel."
Strickland still hurting
Besides linebacker David Harris, nickel cornerback Donald Strickland was the only one who was limited in practice Thursday, and it sounds as if Strickland might not be ready to play tomorrow. He sat out last week's game with a quadriceps injury suffered when he sacked Curtis Painter on the Colts' final offensive play.
Strickland said earlier in the week that he thought he'd be able to play. Ryan isn't so optimistic. "I'm not sure about him right now," the coach said. "We'll see. He's had a couple of good days. He's made some plays, but there's still soreness."
Freeport's D'Brickashaw Ferguson was named the team's 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his charitable work. Ferguson will receive $1,000 from NFL Charities to donate to the D'Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation, and he's eligible for the NFL's national Walter Payton Man of the Year award . . . LB Ezra Butler, P T.J. Conley, LB Joshua Mauga and WR Larry Taylor were signed to future/reserve contracts.