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New York Jets Rex Ryan’s Thursday News Conference

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On if Santonio Holmes got hurt in practice yesterday or if it happened during the game…

No, I think something today. We just took him out a few plays. He’s going to be fine.

On why Patrick Turner was promoted to the active roster…

I think he’s earned that, and we did so much three wides last week. He’s a similar body type to Plax, we’ll be able to do that, and he contributes on special teams.

On if he promoted Turner because other teams may have been interested…

No, that wasn’t the reason.

On working out linebackers on Tuesday, including a former Patriot…

We were trying to pick his brain [laughter]. No, any time there’s good players out there, we will try to make sure our board is set the right way, the way we feel, that if we need to pull somebody up, see where they’re at. But [unintelligible] came and did punch Weeks in the face, so that was interesting, on a drill. So [Jeff] Weeks got a big old fat lip and things like that. He mumbled, “Is that all you’ve got?” I think, to him afterwards. But Weeks took a shot, so that was good.

On what drill ended up with Weeks getting punched…

Just doing boxing [laughter]. No, we work our guys out differently, I think, than other teams. But he was just doing some pass sets on him, and then when he came back, he swung to get a hand over him and hit him right in the mouth.

On reflecting on his decision to rehire Mike Westhoff…

That was the easiest decision of all time. I mean, obviously he’s got a great reputation. His reputation precedes him. But I talked to him for 15 minutes and literally I guess it was for a half hour, but I would have hired him after two minutes. I mean, it was just he’s got such great passion for it, and you can just tell he loves coaching. He cares about the players. He’s tough, he’s hard on them, but man, he cares about them. The more I know him now, the conversation never would have taken place, it would have just been “Here’s the contract,” you know? But we did the courtesy interview and literally I knew in two minutes, I knew this guy was awesome.

On if he’s worried that Westhoff may leave the team one day…

Can’t do that. Can’t do that. We franchised him. They can’t do that.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Bart Scott, David Harris, Derrick Mason, Eric Smith, Joe Mcknight, John Conner, Ladainian Tomlinson, Mark Sanchez, Mike Westhoff, Nick Folk, NY Jets, Plaxico Burress, Rex Ryan, Robert Turner, Santonio Holmes, Sione Pouha, Wayne Hunter

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