The do-it-all backup quarterback could see time at running back in the New York Jets’ banged-up backfield Sunday against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
“That’s a possibility,” coach Rex Ryan said Thursday. “The thing about Tim – with him being a football player like we’ve always talked about – by playing quarterback, he knows all the positions. So, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end or whatever?
“I think the answer is yes.”
The Jets are short-handed at the position with backups Joe McKnight (sprained left ankle) and Bilal Powell (separated right shoulder) likely out for the game.
That leaves only starter Shonn Greene and rookie Jonathan Grimes, who has yet to play, as the team’s only completely healthy running backs.
Lex Hilliard is the remaining fullback after the Jets waived John Conner on Wednesday.
PAPERS FILED: The NFL Players Association has filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by former Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.
The union questions why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should now be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season.
The filing Thursday cites media reports about White’s “smash-for-cash” program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits. The reports include other teams discussing similar pools.
The NFLPA says Goodell’s decision to suspend Fujita for behavior never before punished or prohibited by the NFL violates the league’s labor agreement and demonstrates the commissioner’s bias against players punished in the bounty probe of the Saints.
RAVENS: Linebacker Terrell Suggs hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making his season debut Sunday against the Houston Texans.
“There’s no plan in place,” Suggs said Thursday. “I’ve got to take it day by day. Come Sunday I may or may not be out there.”
Suggs practiced for the first time Wednesday after undergoing surgery in May on his torn right Achilles tendon.
EAGLES: An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said Thursday.
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid’s body.
Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles. He died on Aug. 5.