Sanchez to start for head-in­jured Mcel­roy

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Dennis Wasza­kjr.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan stepped to the podium and opened his news con­fer­ence with a warn­ing.

“You’re not go­ing to be­lieve this one,” the New York Jets coach de­clared with­out no hint of a smile.

In what has been a bizarre sea­son, the Jets’ wacky quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion took yet an­other twist. Greg McEl­roy has a con­cus­sion — which he didn’t re­veal un­til Thurs­day — and will be re­placed by Mark Sanchez as the start­ing quar­ter­back in the sea­son fi­nale at Buf­falo on Sun­day.

“We’ve come to find out that Greg wasn’t ex­actly truth­ful with our train­ing staff af­ter the game,” said Ryan. “He never dis­closed that he had symp­toms af­ter the game to our train­ers. Right now, he’s be­ing eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion.”

McEl­roy, pre­par­ing to make his sec­ond NFL start in place of the benched Sanchez, was lift­ing weights Thurs­day morn­ing and started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing headaches, Ryan said. McEl­roy went to the team’s train­ing staff and then re­vealed he was suf­fer­ing con­cus­sion-like symp­toms af­ter be­ing sacked 11 times in the Jets’ 27-17 loss to San Diego last Sun­day.

McEl­roy and head trainer John Mel­lody then went to Ryan to tell the coach the news. Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Tony Sparano said he was “pretty silent” when he found out a few min­utes af­ter Ryan.

“It’s an­other bump in the road here,” Sparano said, “and it’s some­thing we’ve be­come a lit­tle ac­cus­tomed to.”

Ryan was not cer­tain when McEl­roy suf­fered the con­cus­sion but said there was no way he would play McEl­roy against the Bills and the third-stringer will “def­i­nitely be out.” McEl­roy had been listed on the in­jury report Wed­nes­day with a mild ab­dom­i­nal strain but was a full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice and was ex­pected to play with­out any is­sues.

“I ad­mire his courage and ev­ery­thing else, but you have to be truth­ful and I think that’s the les­son learned here with the med­i­cal staff,” said Ryan, who spoke to the en­tire team about con­cus­sions af­ter prac­tice. “The fact he really wanted to play, I un­der­stand the com­pet­i­tive side of Greg and all that, but the most im­por­tant thing is the health of the play­ers.

“I feel for­tu­nate that some­thing like this showed up with­out him go­ing out there and putting him­self in harm’s way.”

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