Notes: Kerley makes 'selfish' play

September, 17, 2012
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PITTSBURGH -- One week after winning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 68-yard punt return for a touchdown, Jeremy Kerley committed the only turnover Sunday in the Jets' 27-10 loss to the Steelers. He muffed a punt in the third quarter.

"It was a selfish play," Kerley said. "If I had to do it again, I definitely would've made the fair catch. I wanted to get the team going, get the guys going, and make a play there."

KILLER CRO: CB Antonio Cromartie, who allowed a 37-yard TD reception by Mike Wallace, bolted before reporters arrived in the locker room. Cromartie badly misplayed the ball in the air, allowing Wallace to come back on the ball. It came on a third-and-16, and Rex Ryan was not happy at all.

"That killed us," he said. "That was a back breaker ... a killer play in the game."

INJURY REPORT: FB John Conner left in the second half and didn't return. He said he aggravated a sprained MCL in his right knee and will have an MRI exam Monday. ... RB Shonn Greene was hit in the head by S Ryan Mundy in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room. It was announced in the press box as a "head injury." Greene was cleared to return and did. He didn't suffer a concussion, according to Ryan.

ODDS AND ENDS: OLB Calvin Pace said he was used more in coverage than rushing the passer. Asked about the pressure on QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pace said, "You have to talk to somebody else who was actually out there rushing, like Garrett (McIntyre). I wasn't a factor on any of that stuff." McIntyre, who started for the injured Bryan Thomas, recorded two of the three sacks. ... It was a quiet day for rookie DE Quinton Coples, who was credited with only one assisted tackle. ... The Steelers won their 10th straight home opener. ... In the preseason, Ryan vowed to get Vladimir Ducasse into the lineup. Well, he did. Ducasse replaced Matt Slauson at left guard for three series. ... WR Clyde Gates made his Jets debut and caught one pass for 10 yards.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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