The boastful New York Jets say they welcome all challengers.
Inquiries from the NFL might be a different matter as the league is investigating two unrelated incidents.
• The NFL is investigating a complaint by an unidentified team that the Jets violated offseason training rules during a camp organized by quarterback Mark Sanchez because coaches were present for some workouts.
ESPN.com first reported that the unidentified team claims Sanchez’s “Jets West Camp” in Southern California in July violated rules when coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer watched some sessions. It also reported that the NFL Players Association didn’t file a complaint.
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• The NFL is looking into how a female television reporter was treated at Jets practice Saturday.
Ines Sainz, a reporter for Mexico’s TV Azteca doing a story on Sanchez, had footballs thrown in her direction by assistant coach Dennis Thurman during practice, and players later called out to her in the locker room.
The Jets issued a statement, saying owner Woody Johnson spoke to Sainz on Sunday to discuss the incident.
“He stressed to Ines that he expects all members of the Jets organization to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times,” the statement said.
WHERE ARE THEY?
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco were supposed to give the Bengals two of the best deep threats.
When Carson Palmer lined up for a “Hail Mary” against the Patriots with 1 second left in the first half, though, neither receiver was available.
Ochocinco was in the locker room receiving intravenous fluids, coach Marvin Lewis said. Lewis said Owens was “being looked at,” but he would not elaborate — “That’s our business, OK?” he said.
Owens would not discuss where he was.
“Coach said he would address that,” he said.
Told that Lewis said he was being looked at, Owens repeated, “Coach said he would address that.” Asked another time about neither of them being available, Owens went back to his old standby.
“Coach said he would address that,” he said, his tone becoming more impatient. “How many ways are you guys going to ask me?”
Ochocinco declined to comment, telling reporters who crowded around his locker, “Everything I have to say, Terrell will relay for me.”
So, for those keeping track: Owens was speaking for Ochocinco, Lewis was speaking for Owens, and none of them was saying much of anything.
The strangest part was that the “Hail Mary” worked, sort of: Palmer completed a 51-yard pass to Jordan Shipley, who came down with it in a crowd at the Patriots’ 3 yard-line but time expired.
SOLIDARITY ... SORT OF
With their index fingers in the air, players at half of the 12 NFL games Sunday, including four-time MVP Peyton Manning, showed their solidarity in support of the union in collective bargaining negotiations.
At Houston, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Louis, Seattle and Orchard Park, N.Y., players held up index fingers before kickoff, replicating the gestures made by the Saints and Vikings before Thursday’s opener in New Orleans.
No such gestures were done at the New Meadowlands Stadium, nor in Foxborough, Mass., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Nashville or Philadelphia.
Tony Gonzalez of the Falcons has become the first tight end to reach 1,000 receptions by catching a 20-yard pass from Matt Ryan in the third quarter against Pittsburgh. ... Bills running back Fred Jackson presented the jersey he wore in the 2009 season finale against the Colts to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to the opener against Miami. Jackson became the first player to compile 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards on kick returns in a season last year after his 212-yard rushing performance in Buffalo’s win over the Colts. ... Running back Beanie Wells, who missed three days of practice last week with a knee injury, was among the Arizona’s inactives for the game against St. Louis. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson, a former Washington State and Rogers of Puyallup star, was among the Rams’ inactives.