Boozing & Cruising Edwards Will Play

Jets head coach Rex Ryan addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon following

Florham Park, NJ – Rex Ryan publicly addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon for the first time following the arrest of wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Edwards was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a stop by uniformed members of the NYPD at 5:15 A.M. on Tuesday morning in Manhattan. He was arraigned later in the day.

"We don't need to be that team.," Ryan told the media on Wednesday. "This team works too hard in everything else to be looked at this way."

As expected, Edwards reported to the team's Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Wednesday morning. He stretched with the team but the wide receiver, who started the first two games of the season, was relegated to participating in drills with the second team. Ryan called Tuesday's arrest an "embarrassing moment" and said that he spoke with Edwards on Tuesday night and addressed the team about it Wednesday morning. Ryan would not comment on the specifics of the discussion.

"I think Braylon is a good man," Ryan said. "There are a lot of positive things about Braylon."

He was informed of the arrest at 6:30 A.M. by a phone call from Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

This past Sunday during the Jets emphatic 28-14 win over New England, Edwards had five catches and a touchdown, one of his better performances since being traded to the team last October. Edwards has long made headlines for his poor judgment off the field since being taken third overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. After a midseason trade sent him to the playoff-bound Jets, Edwards finished the 2009 season with just 35 catches for 541 yards in 12 regular season games. He had just four touchdowns and continued his reputation of dropping passes in the end zone.

Ryan said Edwards would not start on Sunday and would make a decision "later on in the week" about the player's role against Miami.

"I'm not sitting him, I'm saying he won't start," Ryan said.

The Jets head coach called the actions of Edwards an "embarrassment to our owner…to our organization." Ryan also refuted speculation about the team spiraling out of control, saying the Jets are "a disciplined team."

Ryan also said that he considers this an "isolated incident" and that further action against Edwards has yet to be taken.

"I'm not going to tell you that Braylon is going to miss ‘x' number of games because honestly, I don't know," Ryan said. NEWS & NOTES

Center Nick Mangold and tackle Wayne Hunter, who did not practice with the team, are expected to play Sunday, per Ryan's press conference…Ryan announced that Darrelle Revis will miss the game following a hamstring injury on Sunday.

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