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Jets' Tebow calls his critics unfair

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • December 26, 2012 - 9:38 PM

Tim Tebow insisted Wednesday that he never declined to run wildcat plays last week, but the New York Jets quarterback admitted coach Rex Ryan may have been misinterpreted his words.

"I never said, 'Hey, I don't do anything or I won't do anything,'" Tebow said. "That wasn't the talk at all. He knows that and everybody on this team knows that. I'd never not do something if I was asked, and I think that's what's disappointing about the whole situation, people saying, 'You quit,' or, 'You didn't do this.'

"It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn't me asking out of anything."

Ryan played third-stringer Greg McElroy after benching Mark Sanchez for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. After hearing the news that he was passed over, Tebow went to Ryan to discuss the situation.

"I was definitely disappointed and frustrated," Tebow said.

Tebow never played in the Jets' 27-17 loss to the Chargers, as wide receiver Jeremy Kerley handled the majority of snaps in the wildcat package.

Cowboy indicted

A Texas grand jury in Texas indicted Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter. He is charged in connection with the Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend Jerry Brown, a member of Dallas' practice squad. He is out of jail on $100,000 bond.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but Brent also could be eligible for probation. No court dates have been set.

Etc.

•Quarterback Brian Hoyer will make his first NFL start on Sunday for the Cardinals against the 49ers on Sunday after they claimed him off waivers from Pittsburgh early this month. Hoyer, who played for Michigan State in college, spent three seasons as a Patriots backup but was out of a job most of this season. The Cardinals' offense ranks last in the league; Hoyer will be the team's fourth starter at quarterback.

•The Browns are in a similar quarterback situation. Thad Lewis, elevated from the practice squad Monday, took snaps with Cleveland's first team on Wednesday because Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy both missed practice with right shoulder injuries.

•The Bears have signed safety Troy Nolan, a seventh-round draft pick of the Texans in 2009. He has five tackles in seven games with Houston and Miami this season. The moves come after safety Chris Conte suffered a hamstring injury in last week's victory at Arizona.

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