Both New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress and Jets coach Rex Ryan tried to downplay the ankle injury that Burress suffered while running a route on his own, with Santonio Holmes.
Ryan now admits that it was more than just a "tweak."
"I think now, officially, it’s a sprained ankle, not a tweak," Ryan said. "I apologize for that, but I don’t know what the difference is between a tweak or a sprain, or whatever it is...It’s a classic sprain."
So why did the Jets not tell the truth? Maybe they were simply being optimistic. Or maybe they didn’t want to give Derrick Mason any extra leverage as they were trying to close the deal with him.
For now, Mason and Holmes will be the starting wideouts. If Mason performs well in that role, Ryan may have to "tweak" the depth chart.
It wouldn't be surprising if Mason turns out to be a better fantasy player than Burress, but Holmes is the only New York receiver who will make a lot of noise.