Rex Ryan ordered his players to cut out all the nonsense. When the New York Jets ignored their coach, it was time to run. And run some more.
A day after a 20-player throwdown highlighted a chippy practice, Ryan made his players run a series of sprints Tuesday as punishment for a few minor scuffles on the field.
When linebacker Demario Davis and running back Terrance Ganaway – both rookies – got into it after a play, Ryan called everyone over to tell them to be physical, but smart and not selfish.
There was another skirmish a few minutes later involving cornerback Antonio Cromartie and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, with Cromartie threatening to punch him. Moments later, Cromartie and tight end Dustin Keller got into it.
“Apparently, someone didn’t get the message,” Ryan said and he shouted for the players to line up on the sideline. Every player on the Jets, from the quarterbacks to the kickers, was then ordered to run sprints from sideline to sideline for at least 10 minutes.
“I guess the big thing is, I just felt it needed to be done,” Ryan said.
REID’S SON MOURNED
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns president Mike Holmgren and Patriots coach Bill Belichick were among more than 900 people who packed a Mormon church in Broomall, Pa. for the funeral service of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid.
Garrett was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was assisting the Eagles strength and conditioning coach during training camp. The 29-year-old recovering drug addict had seemingly turned his life around.
Holmgren called Andy Reid, the first coach he hired in Green Bay, the “son I never had.” One of Holmgren’s four daughters used to babysit Reid’s children. He said young Garrett was a “rambunctious guy” with a “great personality.”
The receiving line was so long that it wrapped around the church and delayed the start of the service for more than an hour. Andy Reid was at the front of the line with his wife Tammy, sons Britt and Spencer and daughters Crosby and Drew Ann.
Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson was not in pads at practice, his left leg was wrapped, and he did not participate. “There’s a chance he won’t play on Friday,” coach Pat Shurmur said. … Broncos Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil won’t be charged in a road rage incident in Miami Beach, Fla. He had been arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. … Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt called Kevin Kolb’s rib injury minor and expects the quarterback to play in Friday’s preseason game against Kansas City. … The Cardinals activated running back Beanie Wells from the physically unable to perform list, but Whisenhunt said Wells probably won’t play Friday. … Redskins tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams are set to play for the first time since Dec. 4 after they were suspended for the final four games of 2011 for failing multiple drug tests. … Packers coach Mike McCarthy has ruled out at least eight players for Thursday’s preseason opener at San Diego, including wide receiver Greg Jennings, who is recovering from a concussion. … The Vikings will be without offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz for four to six weeks after he underwent surgery for a sports hernia.