Jets’ Rex Ryan ‘Optimistic’ Braylon Edwards Will Play Monday

Jets’ Rex Ryan ‘Optimistic’ Braylon Edwards Will Play Monday

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USATSI_8329778_154224518_lowresThe New York Jets made an interesting move recently by acquiring veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards off of waivers. The Seattle Seahawks believed Edwards was done for the season with a nagging hamstring injury and decided to waive the 29-year-old. New York didn’t waste anytime claiming the former Jet once he became available despite the recent comments made by the veteran wideout about his former team.

Apparently, head coach Rex Ryan believes that Edwards will be able to play on Monday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk:

“He passed the physical, he’s cleared to practice. I’m optimistic he’ll be able to play on Monday but I’ll learn on our trainers and doctors,” Ryan said.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll claims that Edwards had an injury that would keep him out at least three weeks and that was the motivating factor in waiving the wideout. Interestingly enough, the Jets believe he’ll be good to go against the Titans despite the hamstring injury.

The addition of Edwards is an attempt to improve the passing game for the Jets. Mark Sanchez is a big fan of the move to reacquire Edwards even after the veteran wide receiver had harsh words for how the team was treating the starting quarterback.

Coming into Week 15 against the Titans, the Jets are sporting a 6-7 record and are on the verge of a second consecutive season filled with disappointment under Ryan after two straight seasons of reaching the AFC Championship game.

As a potential result of missing the playoffs for a second straight year, Ryan might be looking for work in the off-season with the team possibly parting ways with the outspoken head coach. Sanchez might also be resorted to the backup role behind Greg McElroy or Tim Tebow if he can’t get back on track with Edwards added to the offensive arsenal.