Back with Jets, Edwards expected to play Monday
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Braylon Edwards was sticking up for his former teammate, taking to Twitter to back Mark Sanchez and bash the team he once played for.
Don't blame the quarterback for the New York Jets' struggles, the wide receiver wrote last week. Rather, people should blame "the idiots calling shots" in the organization. A few hours later, Edwards was cut by the Seattle Seahawks — and he quickly apologized to the Jets for a mistake made "in the heat of the moment," thinking he blew any chance of a return with his stinging 140-character criticism.
"After the tweet, I was like, 'Yeah, I burned that bridge,'" Edwards said with a smile Thursday — back as a member of the Jets with all apparently forgiven and forgotten.
Edwards was claimed off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday, reuniting the veteran wide receiver with Sanchez and the team he helped lead to consecutive AFC title games in 2009 and 2010.
"I felt as though," Edwards said, "this was home."
But first, there was a potentially uncomfortable moment Wednesday when Edwards ran into general manager Mike Tannenbaum, someone who calls those "shots" for the Jets, in the team's cafeteria.
"The relationship that we developed here is that we're all kind of goofy among each other," Edwards said. "Everybody has a weird, funny or cool interaction. There actually wasn't a moment of awkwardness. ... I saw him and he was just as happy as me, or so it seemed. The awkwardness wasn't there."
Edwards was a limited participant in his first practice Thursday with a hamstring issue, but passed his physical and coach Rex Ryan was optimistic about his chances to play Monday night at Tennessee.
"Just based on the progression that I see, I hope I can go," Edwards said.
Edwards' presence certainly could help a low-scoring offense that has been dealing with a thin receiving corps all season. Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee at Jacksonville on Sunday, and will likely miss the game against the Titans. With top receiver Santonio Holmes out for the season with a foot injury and Clyde Gates is still dealing with a concussion, that left only Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, journeyman Mardy Gilyard and rookie Jordan White as healthy players at the position.
"It's great news," Sanchez said of Edwards' return. "It's exciting to have somebody like that back. We're going to work him in slowly and hopefully get him ready to play."
Edwards was released Monday from the Seahawks' injury-reserve list after less than one unproductive season in Seattle. He had just eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in 10 games after signing a one-year deal in July. He spent last season in San Francisco, catching 15 passes for 181 yards in nine games with the 49ers.
"I feel great and I wished I had the chance to show it more, and now I do," Edwards said. "I feel good. I feel like I have the same speed and I feel like I have the same strength, if not better, and I feel like I still have that same understanding of the game.
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