NFL notebook: Jets bench Sanchez in favor of McElroy

2012-12-19T00:00:00Z 2012-12-29T20:05:58Z NFL notebook: Jets bench Sanchez in favor of McElroyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 19, 2012 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Mark Sanchez is no longer the Jets' franchise quarterback and may not be the backup.

Rex Ryan benched Sanchez on Tuesday in favor of Greg McElroy after the fourth-year quarterback threw four interceptions and fumbled in a 14-10 loss at Tennessee on Monday night that eliminated New York (6-8) from playoff contention and resulted in Sanchez getting death threats on Twitter.

"It's best for our team," Ryan said.

McElroy will make his first NFL start when the Jets (6-8) host San Diego on Sunday. Ryan hasn't decided whether Sanchez or Tim Tebow - listed as the No. 2 QB - will be the backup.

Extra points

• Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was apparently worried he would lose his baby and money to his longtime girlfriend before fatally shooting her and killing himself, newly released police reports said. In one text message to a woman he was dating on the side, Belcher wrote he "would shoot" Perkins "if she didn't leave him alone."

• A judge ordered Dallas nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an electronic monitor pending his trial on an intoxication manslaughter.

• San Diego placed RB Ryan Mathews (collarbone) and WR Malcom Floyd (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve.

• Chicago put RB Michael Bush (rib) on injured reserve and signed Kahlil Bell to take his place.

• Defensive back Dimitri Patterson was awarded to Miami one day after being waived by Cleveland.

• Cowboys executive Alec Scheiner, 39, was named the new president of the Cleveland Browns.

• Redskins tackle Jordan Black, suspended for use of banned substances, said he had informed the NFL he was taking a prescription for a medical condition.

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