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Greg McElroy out with concussion-like symptoms, Mark Sanchez gets nod over Tim Tebow to start in Jets-Bills

Mark Sanchez will start for the Jets now that Greg McElroy has a concussion. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Mark Sanchez will start for the Jets now that Greg McElroy has a concussion. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The drama continues to unfold with the New York Jets.

The team announced Thursday morning that third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, who was slated to get his second career start on Dec. 30, is now out with concussion-like symptoms. Head coach Rex Ryan had to decide between starting Mark Sanchez, who is having the worst season of his career, or Tim Tebow.

Ryan has decided to give the nod to Sanchez, who will start at quarterback for the Jets' final regular season game on Sunday in Buffalo against the Bills, the team that New York beat in Week 1 of the regular season.

Ryan found out about McElroy's condition at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday after McElroy reported headaches while lifting weights, according to a report from New York Daily News Jets beat reporter, Manish Mehta:

“There’s no way I’m going to play him. There’s no doubt. I don’t care what the tests say. We‘re going to err on the side of caution. So he definitely will be out for the game.”

Ryan said he was "stunned" to find out about the concussion-like symptoms, adding that Tebow was not happy about his decision to start Sanchez:

"Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo. He’s very familiar with them. That’s the reason I’m going with Mark. I had the conversation with both Mark and Tim…. about what I was going to do. Obviously, Tim’s not happy with that. That’s what you expect.”




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