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Jets' Ryan insists Tebow (ribs) could've played

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Jets' Ryan insists Tebow (ribs) could've played

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Tebow had no real shot at playing against the New England Patriots.

The New York Jets' backup quarterback has two broken ribs, and coach Rex Ryan insisted Tebow still could've played, but he had no intention of putting him on the field Thursday night unless it was an emergency.

Apparently, a 49-19 blowout didn't qualify.

The Jets found out two days before the game that Tebow's sore ribs were actually fractured when results from an MRI exam and CT scan were released. Tebow was active for the game, but Ryan kept him on the sideline.

``I think people have played with cracked ribs,'' Ryan said during a conference call Friday. ``Guys have played, and it was told to me that he could play. But I wasn't going to play him unless it was an absolute emergency and that was when I would play him. It was never told to me that he could not play. In fact, it was just the opposite.''

Tebow was hurt at Seattle two weeks ago, but initial X-rays were negative. He played three offensive snaps at St. Louis last Sunday, and Ryan said that was a product of the Rams showing certain defensive looks.

But Tebow continued to experience soreness, which intensified Tuesday morning. Tebow was a full participant in practice that day, but an MRI exam and CT scan later that night revealed the fractures, of which Ryan was then informed.

Tebow was questionable for the game, and Ryan made him active against the Patriots after speaking with him, and having the quarterback undergo a pregame evaluation. Tebow also refused any pain-killing injections before the game.

``I've always said this: Mighty men play this game and there are guys that play where some people wouldn't even think about stepping on the field,'' Ryan said. ``A lot of guys will play. In this case, there was a thing about he could protect himself and he could've played in that game.

``He absolutely 100 percent could've played in that game.''

But Tebow took no snaps on offense or special teams, and third-stringer Greg McElroy was inactive - leaving the Jets with just one healthy quarterback in their biggest game of the season.

Starter Mark Sanchez had two costly turnovers early in the game that the Patriots turned into touchdowns, and left many in the crowd at MetLife Stadium chanting for Tebow to replace him. But the backup stood on the sideline throughout, with a cap on his head and his hands in his pockets as the Patriots quickly turned the game into a laugher.

The fact he was even in uniform took some convincing by Tebow.

``I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress, but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation,'' Tebow said after the game.

Tebow told Ryan he once played with a broken collarbone, and also broke a rib in Denver's playoff game against New England last season. He acknowledged Thursday night that his ribs ``need a little time to get better,'' adding that his breathing has been affected by the injury and he isn't sure how long he might be hindered by the injury.

``It's like, if we absolutely 100 percent had to have him, then I would've played him,'' Ryan said. ``But like I said, I'm not the trainer. I'm not a doctor or anything else, but I'm a human and that's why I felt for him. It was to the point where I know when the doctors are telling you he can play, the young man's telling you he can play and knowing that he was going to be in the role he was as the backup quarterback, he had gotten reps the entire week, that was why I had him active.''

Tebow is 6 of 7 passing for 39 yards and has rushed 29 times for 87 yards while averaging about seven offensive plays per game. He also plays regularly on special teams as the personal punt protector, but said he thinks he was injured on an offensive play against the Rams.

Ryan ``considered'' making McElroy active against the Patriots, and the third-stringer was warming up vigorously about an hour before kickoff. Ryan would only say that ``we'll see how the week progresses'' as to whether McElroy might be the backup instead of Tebow in the team's next game against Arizona on Dec. 2.

``I'm not going to get into the `what-ifs' or all that stuff,'' Ryan said of keeping Tebow active against New England. ``Obviously, if he was not cleared to play or they thought he could be in serious jeopardy to himself, then he never would have been activated. He never would have been cleared to play. Tim was cleared to play. He wanted to play and that's just the way it is.''

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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