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Jets waive Turner, release Lewis; add Sapp to practice squad

Cortland, NY - Monday Aug. 6, 2012 -

Cortland, NY - Monday Aug. 6, 2012 - Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr.: New York Jets' WR Patrick Turner leaving the field after practice during training camp Monday Aug. 6, at the State University of New York at Cortland in Cortland, NY. Newsday/ J. Conrad Williams Jr. Credit: Newsday J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Two days after the Jets have their biggest offensive output of the Rex Ryan era, the team announced it waived wide receiver Patrick Turner and released defensive back LeQuan Lewis from the practice squad. In a corresponding move, the Jets signed linebacker Ricky Sapp to the practice squad.

Turner injured his hamstring in the early stages of Sunday's 48-28 win over the Bills and did not return. When asked Monday for an update on the receiver's condition (and linebacker Bryan Thomas, who also suffered a hamstring injury), Ryan said: "We'll see how it progresses during the week. Maybe we'll know more on Wednesday."  

Looks like we won't get that medical update after all.

Turner -- a former teammate of Mark Sanchez's at USC, who played for Tony Sparano as a member of the Dolphins in 2009 -- appeared to finally be developing into a decent receiver. After years of being the odd man out in a stacked wide receiver corps, he seemed poised to have a bigger role on offense, given the questions surrounding the the team's depth at wideout. 

Turner had been listed as the third receiver, behind No. 1 Santonio Holmes and Jeremey Kerley, on the depth chart. (Chaz Schilens and Clyde Gates are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, behind rookie Stephen Hill).

Turner compiled 122 yards on 10 career catches from 2009 -11 and had five receptions for 53 yards in three preseason games.

Sapp, who missed most of training camp with a high ankle sprain, was released from the practice squad on Sept. 4 -- the same day Lewis was added to the practice squad.

Speculation, of course, will be that this is a knee-jerk reaction to the offense's breakout performance against Buffalo -- which set a franchise record for the most points (48) in a regular season opener.

But let's hope that's not the case.


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