Jets to release Coles

By Marc A. Greenberg

They sign him, they release him. They sign him, they release him.

With safety James Ihedigbo uncertain for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and with Jim Leonhard out for the season, the New York Jets are in need of a safety.  That means one player has to go.

Laveranues Coles is that person.

“I would have liked to have had L.C. here,” Rex Ryan said Tuesday morning. “But now we’re going to have to let him go because of the fact our safety situation is the way it is.”

Ryan said Ihedigbo, who suffered an MCL and ankle injury in the third quarter of last night’s loss, will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday.

The Jets were originally interested in Keith Fitzhugh, signed in late August and released on Sept. 4, but he turned them down, according to the Newark Star-Ledger to keep his full-time job as a train conductor for the Norfolk-Southern.

That’s dedication to the Railroad right there.

Fitzhugh spent the majority of last season on the Jets’ practice squad so he was familiar with the system.

“I told them I’m very thankful for the opportunity,” Fitzhugh said, according to the newspaper. “But right now, being that it would be for just a couple weeks, I feel that I’d rather stay with a secure company and job, somewhere I know I could have long-term employment.”

To fill the void, Ryan said that the Jets were looking to add a safety with knowledge of their system.

“Being unemployed is not a good feeling,” Fitzhugh said, according to the newspaper. “It’s a lonely feeling. I’d rather be somewhere safe and have a great foundation.”