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Owner Johnson disappointed with Edwards

Associated Press / September 24, 2010

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Jets owner Woody Johnson told Braylon Edwards that the star wide receiver’s arrest for drunken driving Tuesday morning disappointed the team and himself.

“I just shared with him my feelings,’’ Johnson said yesterday. “I told him exactly what I’m telling you: ‘This is not acceptable, Braylon. I’m disappointed. You let yourself down. You let the team down.’ ’’

Edwards was arraigned on drunken-driving charges Tuesday after a breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side, prosecutors said. Edwards apologized to the team, fans, and his family on Wednesday.

“This is a serious thing to be accused of, so I’m sorry that it happened to one of our guys,’’ Johnson said.

Johnson said he has spoken to Edwards “three or four times’’ since the incident and the wide receiver has shown remorse. The team determined that Edwards would be active for Sunday night’s game against the Dolphins, but how much he plays would be up to coach Rex Ryan.

Any punishment the Jets would dole out, other than what the NFL eventually decides, could violate the collective bargaining agreemen. That means the Jets could not suspend or deactivate him without risking a violation. Keeping Edwards active and not playing him could also be perceived as punishment.

“He’s not going to start and I think it’s about as a significant thing as you can do to a starter,’’ Johnson said.

He added that the Jets looked into previous similar cases before making their decision, saying there is no precedent to take a stand and deactivate a player.

“That’s about as severe an action as I’ve seen,’’ Johnson said. “Most teams have let the legal process take place. This has happened before. We hope it doesn’t happen again here or elsewhere, for that matter.’’

Two of Edwards’s teammates, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston, were in the car at the time of the arrest. Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum met with those players, and decided no punishment would be dealt.

Gholston said no one else in the car offered to drive, and added that “to my knowledge’’ Edwards did not seem impaired.

“I think their perception was that everything was OK, I guess,’’ Johnson said.

Johnson also responded to criticism from fans and media that Edwards is getting off easy by the team by only losing a start.

“He’s losing a lot more than that,’’ Johnson said. “First of all, we don’t know if he’s losing it, but he’s got a serious ticket in front of him and if proven guilty he’s got a serious taint on his record. He’s going to be a free agent at some point. I would guess if he’s convicted of this, this is not going to be helpful.’’

Going ahead with plans
Indianapolis organizers expect the 2012 Super Bowl to be played on its original date, despite concerns that an NFL work stoppage could force postponement or cancellation of the game.

At a news conference, host committee officials said they were moving “full speed ahead’’ with their plans for Feb. 5, 2012. They outlined initiatives that either have started or will begin in the next several months, and are beginning to line up volunteers for the biggest sporting event Indy has ever hosted.

And it appears everything is on schedule — for now.

“The NFL has instructed us to be ready Feb. 5, 2012, and we will be,’’ committee president Allison Melangton said. “I get concerned about things that I can control, not something that I can’t.’’

Kindle agrees to deal
The Ravens and top draft pick Sergio Kindle have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, even though the linebacker will not play this season.

Kindle fractured his skull shortly before training camp in July when he fell down two flights of stairs. The former Texas standout underwent a series of neurological exams from independent doctors in Baltimore, which led the Ravens to believe he would not be able to play in 2010.

He was placed on the reserve non-football injury list yesterday. He is expected to sign his contract today.

Delhomme still hobbled
Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme, who injured his right ankle in Week 1, has not been cleared to practice and it appears he will be sidelined for Sunday’s game in Baltimore and possibly next week as well. Coach Eric Mangini has been intentionally vague about Delhomme’s status, and the team has given no specifics about the severity of the ankle injury, which the 35-year-old sustained while throwing a costly interception at Tampa Bay. If Delhomme can’t play, and that appears the case, backup Seneca Wallace will make his second straight start . . . Cardinals running back Beanie Wells went through much more of practice, increasing the probability that he will play Sunday in the team’s home opener against the Raiders. Wells, who led the Cardinals in rushing as a rookie last season, sat out the first two games of this season because of a bruised right knee . . . Chargers running back Ryan Mathews missed his second straight practice with a high ankle sprain. “He’s getting better,’’ coach Norv Turner said. “I haven’t ruled [him] out [for Sunday’s game at Seattle]. I’m going to see where we are in the next two days.’’ . . . Wide receiver Percy Harvin returned to Vikings practice after missing the previous session with another migraine headache.

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