McElroy: Nothing personal

November, 26, 2012
11/26/12
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan preferred a banged-up Tim Tebow, with two fractured ribs, over a healthy Greg McElroy last week as his No. 2 quarterback.

McElroy's reaction? No problem.

"It's never anything personal," the Jets' third-string QB said Monday. "There's no need to speculate on any of that. Tim was feeling good enough to go and he's the backup quarterback, so my job on Thursday was to be those guys' eyes from the sideline."

McElroy said he didn't take any practice reps last week (he played Tom Brady on the scout team), and he doesn't expect to get any reps this week as the Jets prepare for Sunday's home game against the Arizona Cardinals (4-7).

On Monday, Ryan indicated that he expects Tebow to dress for the game. Of course, he dressed last Thursday night and never left the sideline, sparking a controversy. It'll be interesting to see if the Jets activate McElroy as an insurance QB.

INJURY UPDATE: The Jets have wide-receiver issues this week. Neither Clyde Gates (concussion) nor Jeremy Kerley (heel, hamstring) participated in practice Monday -- at least not during the 30-minute period open to the media. Chaz Schilens (concussion) was on the field for the early portion.

Gates is the biggest question mark. Kerley is likely to play and Schilens will be evaluated, according to Ryan, who said, "I'm not sure how significant his concussion was."

The only healthy receivers are rookies Stephen Hill and Jordan White.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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