Braylon Edwards will play in the Jets’ next game, against the Dolphins. When he gets on the field against New York’s AFC East rival is up to Rex Ryan.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum said last night that the star wide receiver will be active Sunday night despite being arrested for drunken driving yesterday morning.
Tannenbaum said that after speaking with Ryan and owner Woody Johnson, the team determined that Edwards won’t start but will play in Miami.
“Braylon’s actions clearly come under the purview of the league’s substance abuse policy,’’ Tannenbaum said. “This is going to have to run its course through the legal system, and any discipline that occurs will be by the league under that program.’’
Edwards was arraigned on drunken-driving charges after a breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit after he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side around 5 a.m. yesterday, prosecutors said.
Edwards will practice with the team this week as the Jets, coming off a huge victory over New England, prepare to play the undefeated Dolphins (2-0). He had five catches against the Patriots, including a touchdown, and had a 2-point conversion.
But, he angered Ryan when he was penalized for taunting after dancing after the touchdown catch, and then danced again, but wasn’t penalized, after the conversion.
Tannenbaum said he and Ryan were angry when they heard the news yesterday morning. “Obviously, we’re very disappointed with Braylon’s actions,’’ Tannenbaum said. “We take player conduct very seriously here.’’
Edwards was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and driving while impaired, a violation. He’s due back in court Nov. 9. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
He was released without bail in a case that could compound his legal troubles while he’s on probation after a fracas in Cleveland last year. Edwards was traded from the Browns to the Jets two days later, and fined a game check — about $200,000.
The Jets confirmed that starting left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and defensive end Vernon Gholston were also in the SUV.
“When someone is playing at the level Michael Vick is playing, you have to give him an opportunity,’’ Reid said yesterday.
Kolb missed the last six quarters because of a concussion, and Vick played well in his absence. Kolb was cleared to practice and had been expected to run the first-team offense today.
“Kevin is fine. It’s not an injury-related issue,’’ Reid said. “It’s not about judging him. He’s going to be a championship-caliber quarterback.’’