Ryan says Te­bow still up for wild­cat

Jets coach in­sists his backup QB would have run of­fense.

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOTBALL -

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan ac­knowl­edged Mon­day that QB Tim Te­bow wasn’t happy when he chose Greg McEl­roy to start for the benched Mark Sanchez, but in­sisted Te­bow was will­ing to play in any role Sun­day against San Diego — in­clud­ing the wild­cat.

“He was dis­ap­pointed that he was not named the starter,” Ryan said Mon­day. “But I’ll say this: I be­lieve if Tim’s num­ber was called, he would’ve went in and played. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”

Re­ports out of New York last week said that Te­bow asked out of his wild­cat of­fense du­ties af­ter hear­ing that McEl­roy, the third­stringer, would get his first NFL start over Te­bow, listed as the No. 2 quar­ter­back. It also was re­ported that wild­cat plays in­volv­ing Jeremy Ker­ley in­stead of Te­bow were added be­fore prac­tice on Wed­nes­day.

Bears: Chicago needs an as­sist from its big­gest ri­val to make the play­offs. The Bears (9-6) need to win at Detroit on Sun­day and hope the Pack­ers beat or tie the Vik­ings later in the day.

Ben­gals: Cincin­nati (96) is locked in as the AFC’s sixth seed, so it will be on the road for ev­ery game in the play­offs.

Ea­gles: Rookie QB Nick Foles broke his right hand in Sun­day’s loss to Washington. Coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick will likely start against the Giants in Sun­day’s sea­son fi­nale.

49ers: The only way the 49ers (10-4-1) can se­cure a No. 2 play­off seed — and the first-round bye — is a win against the Car­di­nals on Sun­day cou­pled with a Green Bay loss at Min­nesota. And they will have to do it with­out tight end Ver­non Davis (con­cus­sion) and wide re­ceiver Mario Man­ning­ham (left knee).

Giants: To make the play­offs, the Giants (8-7) have to beat Philadel­phia, have Min­nesota (9-6) and Chicago (9-6) both lose and Dal­las (8-7) tie or lose to Washington.

Ravens: No mat­ter what hap­pens in Sun­day’s fi­nale against Cincin­nati, Baltimore will host a firstround play­off game on Jan. 5 or 6.

Steel­ers: Tight end Heath Miller sus­tained mul­ti­ple torn lig­a­ments in his right knee in Sun­day’s loss to the Ben­gals and faces surgery. Typ­i­cal re­cov­ery time could ex­tend well into next sea­son’s train­ing camp.

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