DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins concluded their second practice in preparation for the New York Jets.

Here is the Thursday injury report for Miami:

Ruled out: LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

Limited practice: WR Mike Wallace (chest), TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), G Daryn Colledge (back), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LT Ja'Wuan James (neck)

Full practice: G Nate Garner (illness), QB Ryan Tannehill (left shoulder), WR Jarvis Landry (shoulder), RB Lamar Miller (knee), LB Koa Misi (ankle, knee), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Analysis: The Dolphins are in pretty good shape entering Week 13. Most of their "limited" players are expected to be ready for Monday’s rivalry game against the Jets. Finnegan, who missed the past two games with an ankle injury, is the major question mark. He worked primarily with trainers on Wednesday’s portion of practice open to the media, but increased his workload on Thursday. The Dolphins need depth at cornerback, especially with Taylor already ruled out against New York with a shoulder injury.
The drum beat is faint now, but it will grow progressively louder in the coming weeks and months:


The New York Jets will be looking for a quarterback in the offseason, maybe two, and it appears that Robert Griffin III -- benched this week by the Washington Redskins -- will be available. Let's be clear: Several dominos have to fall before RG III-to-the-Jets can be considered anything more than fantasy-football chatter -- mainly, we don't know who will be calling the shots for the Jets -- but he could fit the profile for their 2015 plan.

Griffin has only one year remaining on his contract (an affordable $3.3 million guaranteed), assuming the Redskins don't exercise the fifth-year option in the spring. For the Jets, it would be a Percy Harvin-like trade: Not much downside in terms of financial risk -- essentially, a one-year audition.

Obviously, a lot would hinge on the Redskins' asking price. They surrendered three first-round picks for Griffin in the 2012 draft, but his value has gone down, down, down amid questions about his attitude, his mechanics and his surgically repaired knee. Chances are, they would have to settle for pennies on the dollar, maybe a middle-round conditional pick that would increase if he meets certain performance levels.

All bets are off for the Jets if they take Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston or another quarterback with a high draft pick. They would have a new franchise quarterback, and there would be no point in trading for somebody else's tarnished franchise quarterback. Griffin-to-the-Jets only makes sense if they pick a quarterback in the later rounds or don't draft one at all, bringing back Geno Smith to compete for the starting job or, more likely, be a backup.

Obviously, Griffin has accumulated a lot of baggage since his sensational rookie season, raising questions about whether he will ever fulfill his potential. He's a system quarterback, and we have no idea what type of system the Jets will be running next season. So, yes, this is a considerable projection on our part, but it's worth investigating if you are the Jets. They will be starting over at quarterback, so what is there to lose?

A look at other veterans that figure to be available in the offseason:

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams: The former No. 1 overall pick, coming off back-to-back knee surgeries, is a likely salary-cap casualty. He has a $16.6 million cap charge in 2015, the final year of his rookie contract. The Rams can clear close to $13 million by dumping him. Bradford didn't play well when he was healthy, so there would be considerable risk. At best, he would be a one-year stop gap.

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: He signed a seven-year extension at the end of last season (through 2020), but it's not a cap-crushing contract if the Bears decide to part ways with Cutler. There is a $15.5 million guarantee in 2015, but no guaranteed money beyond that. Cutler can sling it with anyone, but he's a turnover-prone quarterback with a prima-donna attitude -- and that wouldn't play well in New York.

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns: Credit him for overcoming two phenomenons -- Johnny Football and the Browns' history of losing. Hoyer, one of the main reasons for the Browns' resurgence, will be the top free agent on the market. He probably wouldn't be a fit for the Jets. He's a complementary player -- read: game-manager -- who will command big bucks for the long term.

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns: Johnny Football in the Big Apple? He would blow up the Internet and social media. He would sell tickets for Woody Johnson, that's for sure, but the deficiencies in his game, coupled with what the Browns would ask in a trade, wouldn't justify the risk-reward. They invested a first-round pick in Manziel, so they won't give him away for nothing.

Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He's under contract for 2015 (no guaranteed money), but he could be the odd-man out if the Bucs pick Mariota or Winston. The Jets were interested in McCown last offseason before signing Michael Vick. He wouldn't be a bad hold-the-fort guy.

Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles: Ha, ha.
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (6-5) continued their preparation for the New York Jets (2-9) with a Thanksgiving Day practice.

Here are some notes and observations from Thursday's session:
  • Wallace
    The Dolphins had plenty of good news on the injury front. The biggest was No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace practiced after missing Wednesday's session. Starting middle linebacker Koa Misi, who also missed Wednesday, returned to practice. Both are expected to play on Monday against the Jets.
  • Miami starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan missed the past two games with an ankle injury. But he participated in practice for the first time this week. Finnegan dressed, but worked with trainers on Wednesday. The Dolphins need cornerback depth.
  • Two players who are not expected to play against the Jets are Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor (shoulder) and linebacker Jonathan Freeny (hamstring). Both players missed their second straight practice.
  • Dolphins left tackle Ja'Wuan James, who was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos with a shoulder stinger, practiced for the second straight day. Starting tight end Charles Clay also practiced again and appears poised to return after missing last week's game.

Bills vs. Browns preview

November, 27, 2014
Nov 27
video When: 1 p.m. ET, Sunday Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y. TV: CBS.

After the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 blowout over the Jets on Monday night, coach Doug Marrone wanted one thing more than anything else.

"The best thing that I said -- and I told this to the players, and I've been dying to say it: I just want to go home," Marrone said. "I just want to go home. It's been a long week."

After an all-hands-on-deck effort from the team -- and from the fans who were paid to shovel out seats -- the Bills (6-5) will be back home at Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns (7-4), just the Bills' second game on their home turf in a span of 41 days.

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak and ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon break it all down:

Rodak: Pat, I had almost forgotten that QB Johnny Manziel is still on the Browns until last week's incident made headlines. What impact, if any, did that story have on the team, especially with coach Mike Pettine, who was the Bills' defensive coordinator last season?

McManamon: Well, the team wasn’t happy about it, and that includes Pettine. Not so much because of the incident. The team believes Manziel’s version -- that he was going to his room and an aggressive fan approached him. But the team is upset that on the day it was flying to a road game, Manziel was involved in something that required the police at 2:36 in the morning. The Browns know they can’t control what fans do, but they believe their players can avoid these kinds of things on the day they fly to a game by making smarter decisions about where they are and when. It won’t affect the team much, but it doesn’t enhance Manziel’s case that he is truly NFL-ready.

Mike, let's start with a personal note. How are you and folks you know coping with the snowfall, and what is the situation there as far as safety and the digging-out process?

Rodak: Pat, thanks for asking. I'll say this: I was astonished when I came back to the area Tuesday after three days in Detroit to see almost all the snow gone. While there was some flooding, I think most people were spared of any major problems during a much-needed weekend warm-up. That was key for area families to get back to normal and for the Bills to get their stadium ready. As Marrone said after the game, it was a long week. I had at least 5 feet of snow in my parking lot and couldn't get my car out until late Friday night, so I was able to fly to Michigan early Saturday morning. Even then, soon after the snow stopped falling, the New York State Thruway was basically clear. I haven't lived in western New York long, but it was quite an impressive effort by all the parties involved to keep people safe and get the region back to normal.

WR Josh Gordon didn't waste any time getting back to work, catching eight passes for 120 yards in his first game back from a suspension. How does he change the complexion of the Browns' offense?

McManamon: In large ways. Gordon seemed to be about 80 or 85 percent of himself, and he had the Falcons' best cornerback assigned to him the entire game, but he still came up with eight catches for 120 yards. Gordon’s impact in the passing game is obvious, but he might help more in the run game because he forces defenses to play honestly by keeping a safety back in coverage. That opens up run lanes, which allowed Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to combine for 150 yards. Gordon is a superb talent, and as he becomes more adjusted to the game post-suspension, he will only get better.

The Browns have had serious issues with the physical defensive fronts of Houston and Jacksonville. Do the Bills present any similar issues?

Rodak: Do they ever. The Bills have the NFL's best defensive line. It's a dominant group that includes three Pro Bowlers from last season (Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus), along with a former first-round pick (Jerry Hughes) who has racked up 19.5 sacks in 27 games in Buffalo. The Browns' entire offensive line will have to be on alert; it's tough to double-team any of the Bills' front line, since you'll just free up another pass-rusher to beat a single block. The Bills, who set a franchise record in sacks last season, lead the NFL this season with 46 sacks. No other team has more than 40 sacks. It's not a matter of blitzing by this defense, either. They can do it simply with their four guys up front.

Let's cut to the chase here: Will the Browns make the playoffs?

McManamon: I’ll cut to the chase as well: It will be tough, but in this season I would not rule anything out. When NFL Nation writers outside Cleveland picked the games before the season, they expected the Browns to lose 15 of 16 games. That’s how much respect the Browns had. Manziel was the most-hyped player to come out of college in a long time, but Brian Hoyer has a steadfast lock on the quarterback job. RB Ben Tate was going to lead the run game. He’s been cut. Josh Gordon missed 10 games. TE Jordan Cameron missed games with a concussion. Three defensive linemen are out, as was the middle linebacker. Yet the Browns are 7-4, with a rookie head coach. Can they make the playoffs? They have a tough route. But as long as Hoyer stays healthy, anything can happen -- including a January game for the former Team Woeful.

Has the Sammy Watkins trade worked out for the Bills to the point that the team is not worried about lacking a first-round pick in 2015?

Rodak: I would say the trade has worked out in the sense that Watkins has shown he is everything as advertised. The wide receiver isn't putting up extraordinary numbers -- he has 48 catches (tied for 36th in the NFL) for 684 yards (23rd) -- but I'm convinced that with a better quarterback situation and better health (he has battled groin and rib injuries), he'd be higher on the charts. However, the debate about the trade continues around here, and for good reason: A bunch of rookie receivers are flashing big-time talent. The Bills gave up their 2015 first-round pick to move up just five spots for Watkins. Three selections later, Mike Evans was taken. Odell Beckham Jr. was taken at No. 12, so the Bills could've had him at their original spot, No. 9. They also could have moved further down in the first round and picked up Brandin Cooks or Kelvin Benjamin. So given the depth of the position in the draft, it's very easy to question why the Bills gave up so much to grab Watkins. The cost is steep for the Bills, who are 6-5 and would send the 14th overall pick next season to Cleveland if the season ended today.


Patriots' injury report: Chandler Jones, eight others limited

November, 26, 2014
Nov 26
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) was a limited participant in the New England Patriots' walk-through practice on Wednesday.

This is the first time Jones has participated in a practice since injuring his hip during Week 7 against the New York Jets. It is a good sign to see Jones edging closer to a return with his first practice, even if it was just a walk-through.

Long snapper Danny Aiken (concussion) is a new addition to the injury report, as he was limited on Wednesday. Aiken’s injury status coincides with the signing of long snapper Charley Hughlett to the practice squad. Hughlett could provide an option if Aiken is unable to play on Sunday against the Packers.

The other new additions to the injury report who were limited at practice are starting left guard Dan Connolly (ankle), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder) and running back Shane Vereen (ankle).

Rookie offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) was limited at the walk-through, but a good sign is that he was no longer wearing his walking boot in the locker room.

Reserve offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (hip), rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee) and core special-teamer Nate Ebner (finger) were also limited participants.

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh) were full participants for the walk-through.

Bills' Woods limited with ankle injury

November, 26, 2014
Nov 26
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Fresh off an eight-catch, 110-yard performance against the New York Jets on Monday night, Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

It's not something that should keep Woods out of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

"He'll be fine," coach Doug Marrone said after practice.

Meanwhile, running back Fred Jackson (groin) and Sammy Watkins (groin) were both removed from the injury report.

Here is the full list:

Did not practice:
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
TE Lee Smith (illness)
TE Chris Gragg (knee)

Limited participation:
WR Robert Woods (ankle)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin)
S Bacarri Rambo (hamstring)

Quick hits from Patriots' locker room

November, 26, 2014
Nov 26
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick hits from the media-access period in the New England Patriots' locker room on Wednesday:

Fleming sheds walking boot. Rookie offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, who wore a protective boot over his sprained left ankle last week, was present and walking without the boot today. That appears to be a sign of progress for him.

Slater appreciative of extended contract. Special teams captain Matthew Slater drew a large media crowd, and he mostly deflected talk of his contract extension through 2016. He said he didn't really want to get into it because his focus was on the Packers, but he allowed this: "I'm just so thankful for what the lord has done in my life and my career, [to] develop me here as a player and as a man. I'm thankful for an opportunity to continue that development -- to the coaching staff, Bill Belichick and this organization for believing in me and appreciating a player like me."

McCourty concurs with Revis on secondary. After Sunday's win against the Lions, cornerback Darrelle Revis said, "This is probably the best group of guys I've been around, secondary-wise, where everyone is just talented. We can do so many versatile things in our defense." Asked Wednesday if he agrees with Revis' viewpoint, safety Devin McCourty replied: “I would say that's a pretty fair opinion. This group has worked really hard each week of trying to be prepared and trying to be on point to the matchups we have. It hasn't been easy. ...I think our coaching staff does a good job each week coming up with whatever they think gives us the best chance to win. Here, we take it as a challenge to be ready for that. It's not easy when you do different things throughout the week."

Revis: Rodgers the biggest test yet. Revis called Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers the team's biggest test to date. Asked where he seems to hurt defenses most, he said, "Scrambling, when you watch film, that's what you see a lot of -- they extend a lot of plays." Revis added that it's his first time playing at Lambeau Field, which is something he's looking forward to.

Extra points. Receiver Danny Amendola was among the other players drawing a larger media crowd, with his work as a kickoff returner drawing much of the attention. ...New practice squad players Charley Hughlett and tight end Xavier Grimble will wear jersey numbers 53 and 86, respectively.
IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams went through his first full practice of the week on Wednesday despite a small fracture on the tip of his left index finger. He is listed as probable for Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams is one of seven players listed as probable, including quarterback Tony Romo, who went through his second straight full practice. Defensive tackle Josh Brent (groin), defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (knee), right tackle Doug Free (foot), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder) and linebacker Rolando McClain (knee) are listed as probable.

Safety Jeff Heath, who had surgery on his thumb Tuesday, is listed as doubtful. On Monday, Heath expressed hope he would be able to have the surgery, wrap up his thumb and play.

Cornerback Tyler Patmon will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Linebacker Dekoda Watson was ruled out with a hamstring injury. To cover for Watson’s absence, the Cowboys called up linebacker Keith Smith from the practice squad and placed defensive end Jack Crawford on injured reserve. Like Heath, Crawford had thumb surgery on Tuesday.
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins (6-5) began their practice week on Wednesday in preparation for the New York Jets (2-9).

Here are some notes for Miami:
  • Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace did not practice Wednesday during the portion open to the media. Wallace's injury is unknown. But Wallace did some jogging and catching footballs on the sidelines. The Dolphins will not release an injury report until Thursday.
  • The Dolphins also had some interesting absences. Starting linebacker Koa Misi and cornerback Jamar Taylor were not present Wednesday during the portion open to the media. Taylor did not finish last Sunday's game against the Broncos because of a shoulder injury. Misi has been on and off with an ankle injury, but it’s unknown why he was absent this week.
  • Veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan dressed for practice but worked on the side with trainers during the early portion of practice. Finnegan is trying to come back from an ankle injury that's kept him out of the past two games.
  • The Dolphins received some good injury news. Starting left tackle Ja'Wuan James and tight end Charles Clay both practiced Wednesday. Clay did not play last week against Denver because of knee and hamstring injuries, and James was knocked out of the game with a stinger.

Patriots RB Jonas Gray's very bad day

November, 26, 2014
Nov 26
Everyone knows New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray had a tough day on the field this past Sunday, as he did not receive any snaps during the Patriots’ win over the Lions.

Gray went from AFC Offensive Player of the Week with 37 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns the previous week to sideline fixture, apparently for showing up late to practice Nov. 21.

But Gray also had a tough day off the field. On Sunday, his car was towed. Check out this Facebook post from the towing company.
IRVING, Texas – Jason Garrett’s signature moment as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback turns 20 years old on Thursday.

Is it that long ago? Not to Garrett. The memories of that 42-31 win against Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers at Texas Stadium on Nov. 24, 1994, remain fresh. He can recall the plays in his mind, the good and the bad, as if it were yesterday.

“I think it’s probably a lot like life,” Garrett said. “Sometimes things that happened a long time ago seem like they were yesterday, those memories are vivid for you. It certainly was a memorable day for me, for our team. Time travels quickly, and you have to embrace the moments.”

Garrett was making his first start because of injuries to Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was what happened after his first pass of the game was intercepted by Packers cornerback Terrell Buckley he remembers most.

The play was 525 F Post, a play that remains in the Cowboys’ playbook to this day.

“I worked through the progression, he sat underneath the five route and I threw it right at him. I think it was in the first or second series of the game,” Garrett said. “The great Michael Irvin came over to me and said, ‘Hey, if he wants to do that, we’re going up on top.’ It really was a great memory for me, because of the confidence he instilled in me, and then also, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’ And eventually we did that in the game.”

The Cowboys trailed 17-6 at halftime, but they scored touchdowns on their first five drives of the second half, putting up a franchise-record 36 second-half points. Garrett completed 7-of-8 passes for 198 yards and two scores in the second half.

Garrett is asked about his heroics every Thanksgiving, a natural tie for the Cowboys’ annual game, but he’s not sure many of his players know about the game.

“Very few of them were born I think,” Garrett said. “I’m not so sure.”

Cowboys rookies Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence were 2 years old. Jeremy Mincey is in his first year with the Cowboys and did not recall Garrett’s heroics. He was only 10 at the time. Tony Romo was 14 and vaguely remembers the game because he grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin. He also has around the Cowboys long enough to know most of the team’s history.

“I remember just this little red-head guy, putting on a performance,” Romo said with a tinge of sarcasm.

Romo was not the biggest of Packers’ fans. He was more of a John Elway fan than anything else, but there was some disappointment that Green Bay lost.

“Thought you might be able to win when they put a backup quarterback in,” Romo said. “Not when you’ve got a guy as good as Jason.”

Garrett is hoping for another Thanksgiving memory Thursday when the Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles with first place in the NFC East on the line. That is more important now then reminiscing about the past.

“It was a good Thanksgiving 20 years ago, there’s no question about that,” Garrett said. “There were a lot of great ones growing up, nothing like my mom’s Thanksgiving dinner and the backyard games we played all throughout our youth. Those were good days for us.”
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was at the tail end of his Wednesday morning news conference as there was a call for one last question.

Turns out Belichick saved his best answer for last.

When asked if he sees any similarities between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, Belichick was quick with the response.

"They both wear number 12," he deadpanned, before walking off.

In the words of "NFL Live" host Trey Wingo, that's Bill Belichick for the win.

Earlier in the news conference, Belichick was asked about Rodgers having never started a game against his teams, and if he likes that dynamic from a game-planning standpoint entering Sunday's game.

Belichick's response: "It is what it is. Whatever hasn't happened, hasn't happened. I don't really worry about it."

And now we'll get back to our regularly scheduled Patriots programming.
A few quick thoughts on the New York Jets' decision to start Geno Smith at quarterback, not Michael Vick:

1. This has John Idzik's fingerprints all over it. On Tuesday, the feeling around the Jets was that Rex Ryan was planning to keep Vick in the starting lineup. But late Tuesday night, it was decided they will return Smith to his former job after three games on the bench. No doubt, Ryan will present this as an "organizational decision," as he always does, but this smacks of the head coach being overruled by his GM.

Geno Smith
AP Photo/Seth WenigGeno Smith, who was benched after an awful performance in Week 8, is once again the starter in New York.
2. You can rip the process, but it's hard to criticize the choice. The Jets (2-9) are mathematically eliminated, so it's all about the future. Even Ryan admitted that Tuesday, telling reporters he's planning to increase the roles of some young players -- in backup roles, he clarified. He said it wouldn't be anything as dramatic as changing a starting job. So much for that.

3. This looks like Smith's last chance to prove to the organization that he has a future. He went 1-7 this season as the starter before an awful performance in Week 8 landed him on the bench. The fact that he's back in the lineup is no shock -- you knew Idzik wanted to give Smith another audition, so to speak -- but it's surprising that it is coming now. If Smith happens to play well (does anybody really think that will happen with this offense?), it could create a false sense of hope. The Jets got sucked into that late last season, when Smith made some strides in meaningless games.

4. It'll be interesting to see how this plays in the locker room. The sense from the players is they liked Vick as the starter. They respect his experience and, of course, ability to make plays outside the pocket. There was a palpable loss of confidence in Smith after his brutal Week 8 start against the Buffalo Bills. This decision probably will be met with some grumbling in the locker room. Then again, does it matter at this point? The Jets are toast, and so is Ryan.

5. This move is not Ryan-like. One thing about him is that he doesn't have a quick hook. Maybe it's one of his faults. He stayed with Mark Sanchez too long and he did the same with Smith, who should've been benched after missing a team meeting and playing poorly in a Week 4 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Vick gets yanked after one bad start.

6. It never changes with the Jets. This quarterback circus triggers memories of 2012, when it was the Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy fiasco. Unfortunately for Ryan, this will be one of his legacies: dysfunction at the quarterback position.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson underwent an MRI exam Tuesday for a toe injury that could cause him to miss a game for the first time in his career.

Results of the MRI weren't immediately available. The New York Jets didn't provide an update on Wilkerson, who started receiving treatment, but Rex Ryan sounded concerned.

"He doesn’t look great," Ryan said. "But, hopefully, in a couple of days he’ll bounce back from it."

Wilkerson, the team's sack leader, suffered the injury in the second quarter of the 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills and never returned to the game. He was replaced by Leger Douzable. After Monday night's game, Wilkerson provided no details, refusing to say how it happened. The fact that he wasn't able to return is significant. Wilkerson is one of the most durable players on the team, having played in all 59 games in his career.

The Jets don't play until Monday night against the Dolphins, so Wilkerson will have the benefit of an extra day. The Jets (2-9) have a light practice Wednesday and an off day for Thanksgiving before stepping up the game prep Friday and Saturday.

Rookie tight end Jace Amaro also is a question mark. He suffered a head injury in the game and is being evaluated as part of the NFL's concussion protocol.
From all indications, the New York Jets will stick with a banged-up Michael Vick at quarterback, but that decision won't be announced until Wednesday.

Another delay penalty on the Jets.

Rex Ryan said Tuesday he will wait the extra day because he wants to sit down with Vick and Geno Smith before going public with his decision. The players had a day off after the embarrassing 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Detroit. The Jets don't play again until Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.

At 2-9, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't exactly high drama. Ryan is leaning toward Vick as long as he's healthy, according to a source -- and Vick appears to be fine.

Vick got "beat up a little bit" in the game, suffering minor wrist and ankle injuries, but his condition isn't serious enough to impact the decision, according to Ryan.

"No, I don’t think that will be the final thing we talk about," Ryan said. "I’ll address it tomorrow and we’ll go from there."

The Jets were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with the loss, so you could make the case for starting Smith and using the last five games as a final evaluation. Ryan acknowledged he's planning to give more playing time to some of the younger players, but he indicated those would be subtle moves, not outright changes in the starting lineup.

The one variable is general manager John Idzik. If he decides he wants Smith 2.0, it'll be Smith returning to the lineup. He was benched after a three-interception debacle in Week 8, which dropped the Jets to 1-7. Smith replaced Vick late in the third quarter on Monday night, completing 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards -- his first action since the benching.

Ryan offered only a lukewarm assessment of Smith's performance, saying he was "pretty decent." He criticized Smith for a late sack and for not sliding on a scramble. In short, Ryan didn't sound like he was eager to get him back in the starting lineup.

Vick was solid in his first two starts, but he struggled against the Bills. Under heavy pressure, he completed only 7 of 19 passes for 76 yards and an interception. He was sacked five times. His worst moment was overthrowing a wide-open Eric Decker on what should've been a 69-yard touchdown pass.

What about third-stringer Matt Simms? Ryan, on his weekly spot on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7, had a curious response when asked if Simms is a consideration to start. Ryan laughed and said simply, "No."



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