Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Notes and updates on Braylon Edwards
A few items pertaining to Tuesday morning's arrest of New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards for drunk driving:
- We've learned a pair of unwise teammates were in Edwards' white Range Rover when he was pulled over: Pro Bowl left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and 2008 first-round draft choice Vernon Gholston.
- New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro, citing sources within the Jets' training complex, wrote head coach Rex Ryan was "infuriated" by what happened and is "strongly considering" deactivating Edwards for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.
- ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini spoke to one unnamed Jets teammate who said: "It's ridiculous. First, we have a program in place to prevent this exact thing. Second, he's in a contract year, and if he can't keep his nose clean this year, how about when he gets a new contract? He has money to call for a ride. ... Some people can't handle a little success. ... We just started putting that reporter stuff behind us, and now this. They should fine him to the max. This is just stupid."
- Cimini also wrote: "Now it's time to act tough. They should start by deactivating Edwards for Sunday night's game in Miami. Really, he should sit for at least two games. If the penalty is only a fine, or if they pass it off as a league matter, the Jets would be pulling an Edwards -- dropping the ball."
- Mark Sanchez made his weekly visit with New York sports-radio station ESPN 1050 host Michael Kay. Sanchez said Edwards is "going to want to move on as quickly as possible. We'll address it as a team. I'm sure Rex will have the right message like he always does for us, and we'll be able to get on with our week. It's important to not let it serve as a distraction. We'll let it serve as a good lesson, we'll block it out and get ready for another game."
- The unfortunate timing award goes to Steve Weatherford, who had a previously scheduled radio appearance with ESPN 1050's Seth Everett on Tuesday. So the punter had to answer questions about Edwards: "It's not a good thing to happen, but we've got such a close-knit locker room I think you'll see us rally around him. He's a hard worker. He's a good teammate and he's a good player. It's obviously disappointing. But I think it's something we'll be able to work through."