Edwards’ arrest let team, himself down, Jets owner claims

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told Braylon Edwards that the star wide receiver’s Tuesday arrest on suspicion of drunken driving disappointed the team and himself.

“I just shared with him my feelings,” Johnson said Thursday. “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 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. “Particularly when we’ve done a lot to address this particular issue …”

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 New York’s game Sunday night against Miami, but how much he plays would be up to coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan would not comment on the matter Thursday.

Due to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, any punishment the Jets dole out could violate the CBA. That means the Jets could not suspend or deactivate him without risking a violation.

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


Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews missed his second straight practice Thursday with a high ankle sprain and may not be available to play in San Diego’s game on Sunday in Seattle.

“He’s getting better,” coach Norv Turner said. “I haven’t ruled (him) out. I’m going to see where we are in the next two days.”

If Mathews can’t play, Mike Tolbert will be the Chargers’ primary rusher. He ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries against Jacksonville on Sunday.


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