EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It seemed like a curiously-timed decision, cutting a defensive lineman -- Howard Green -- while preparing to face a team (the Green Bay Packers) that needed healthy bodies on the defensive line.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said last week he knew the Packers would claim Green on waivers, but he refused to explain why he did it anyway. Remember, there's always the risk of the player sharing information on his old team.
Well, here's why they did it: Green ate himself off the Jets.
According to team sources, the Jets issued an ultimatum to Green during the bye week: Meet your prescribed weight or else. Green returned from the bye at 375 pounds, according to source -- and he was fired last Tuesday. The following day, he was claimed on waivers by Green Bay.
Lo and behold, Green was in uniform Sunday for the Packers and played a significant numbers of snaps. He finished with two tackles. His signature moment came in the fourth quarter, when he disrupted a reverse to WR Jerricho Cotchery that resulted in an 8-yard loss.
Gee, wonder if Green ever saw that play during any Jets practices.
Afterward, Green said his new employers didn't pump him for 411 on the Jets. Hmm.
"Not much at all," he said.
Green said it was "definitely a weird experience to come in as a visitor. But, shoot, you've gotta do what you’ve gotta do ... I felt comfortable and the coaches felt comfortable with everything. So I just came out here to play.”