FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has provided plenty of memorable quotes during his four-plus years as coach of the New York Jets. This one, though, might have topped them all.
No, it wasn't a guarantee or bold prediction. In an attempt to clarify what he told his players at a team meeting earlier this week, Ryan offered this declaration Thursday to avoid some apparent confusion:
"I did not tell our players that they couldn't have sex," Ryan said
Newly acquired Josh Cribbs said Wednesday he could tell how much Ryan wants to beat New England, telling his players to put off doing chores around the house until next week.
"He was like, `Rest your legs and go home,'" Cribbs said. "Don't do anything for your wife. Say, `Baby, next week. I'm going to do it next week. I'm going to take out the trash next week. I'll take the kids to practice next week. But I've got to rest for this game.'"
Some players mistakenly thought Ryan implied that sex was also on his banned "honey-do" list.
"Somebody misinterpreted the message apparently," Ryan said with a smile (see full story).
Giants: Coughlin stands by Manning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With an 0-6 record, Tom Coughlin is considering a lot of things to make the New York Giants better.
Changing quarterbacks isn't one.
Coughlin dismissed any possible speculation about replacing Eli Manning for Monday night's game against the Vikings (1-4), saying that the 10-year veteran and two-time Super Bowl MVP is the leader of the Giants offense.
"He's the guy," Coughlin said Thursday. "We're going to win again with Eli" (see full story).
Vikings: Peterson returns to practice after son's funeral
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Two months ago, around the time the Minnesota Vikings were losing their second preseason game, Adrian Peterson was given some surprising news.
The star running back says he found out then he had a 2-year-old son living in Sioux Falls, S.D., named Tyrese Robert Ruffin. He had been working with Tyrese's mother to arrange a meeting with the boy when he received a call last week that the child was in the hospital with severe injuries.
Peterson raced to South Dakota last Thursday, where he saw little Tyrese for the first time. The boy died a day later in an alleged case of child abuse, and Peterson has been trying to come to grips with it ever since.
Peterson attended Tyrese's funeral Wednesday and returned to Minnesota for practice on Thursday (see full story).
Texans: Injured Schaub to sit
HOUSTON -- Case Keenum, who hasn't played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.
Keenum will make his first appearance in a regular-season game against the rugged defense of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where the fans just set a Guinness record as the noisiest outdoor stadium in the world.
So be it: Keenum will start for Matt Schaub, who is out dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot, and will try to help the Houston Texans snap a four-game losing streak (see full story).
Titans: Locker practices, wants to play
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Injured Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker says he's preparing to start Sunday against San Francisco.
The Titans aren't saying he will, but they're also not saying he won't.
Coach Mike Munchak said Thursday the Titans are going to wait and see how Locker feels after a second straight practice before deciding who starts against the 49ers.
Locker has missed two games with a sprained right hip and knee (see full story).
Jaguars: Shorts will be a game-time decision
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether he'll play Sunday in the Jaguars' home game against the San Diego Chargers.
Shorts sprained the joint connecting the breastbone and collarbone Sunday at Denver and did not return. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Shorts practiced on a limited basis Thursday, but may be held out Friday as a precaution.
"That might be one of those things where we work him out Sunday before the game before we get the final OK on him," Bradley said (see full story).