New York Jets owner Woody Johnson declined Thursday to give a vote of confidence to coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, saying it’s not his policy to give evaluations during the season, but he left no doubt that he’s bitterly disappointed.
“I didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season,” Johnson said on the practice field, speaking to reporters for the first time since the week of the opener. “We haven’t had one of these in a while. I’m not happy about it, yet I’m optimistic that some of these things can be corrected.”
Johnson decided to speak to reporters one day after some players, quoted anonymously in a newspaper report, ripped backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Johnson, echoing the sentiments of Ryan, condemned the unnamed players, saying they have no credibility.
FALCONS: Michael Turner says Atlanta’s rushing attack might not be as bad off as some people think.
Coming off their first loss of the season, Turner and the Falcons were punchless in short yardage situations last week at New Orleans.
The two-time Pro Bowl running back was held to his least productive day in five seasons with Atlanta, running 13 times for 15 yards.
But Turner says that the Falcons have done far more right offensively this season than they’ve done wrong.
Atlanta ranks fourth in passing and seventh in scoring, but just 26th in rushing. Turner insists that the Falcons only need to make a few corrections to fix breakdowns in the running game.
The Falcons (8-1) play host to Arizona (4-5) on Sunday.
BEARS: It’s appearing more likely Jay Cutler might miss Monday night’s game at San Francisco with Chicago kicking off the week of preparation Thursday without the quarterback on the practice field.
Cutler and rookie defensive end Shea McClellin were nonparticipants at practice as they continue to recover from concussions suffered Sunday night against the Houston Texans.
• Rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery, the former South Carolina star, returned to work on a limited basis after missing the past four games with a fracture in his right hand.
Jeffery is on track to make his return after missing the past five games with a fracture in his right hand. He caught 14 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in five games before suffering the injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s Oct. 7 win at Jacksonville.
49ERS: Coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a “minor procedure” after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat.
The team said it anticipates Harbaugh will be back at the 49ers facility today.
Team spokesman Bob Lange said no incident had occurred at the facility. Instead, Harbaugh had visited with doctors Wednesday night after feeling ill, and they advised him to have the procedure done at Stanford Hospital.
Eagles: Nick Foles practiced with the first team this week and stuck around for extra film work.
He’s ready to make his first career NFL start.
All he needs now is to officially and publicly be named the starter. The Eagles again practiced another day without injured quarterback Michael Vick. The veteran has sat out since suffering a severe concussion in last week’s loss to Dallas, turning playcalling duties over to Foles, a third-round draft pick.
Texans: Former Houston punter Brett Hartmann has sued the county agency that operates Reliant Stadium, blaming “unsafe turf” for a possibly career-ending knee injury.
The 6-foot-2 Hartmann signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in July 2011. He played in the first 12 games last season before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and fracturing a bone in Houston’s 17-10 win over Atlanta on Dec. 4.
Hartmann’s attorneys filed the lawsuit Thursday in Harris County District Court, naming venue-management company SMG and the Harris County Convention and Sports Corporation (HCCSC) as defendants.