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New York Jets demote Mark Sanchez, name Greg McElroy starting quarterback | NFL

Third-stringer Greg McElroy was named starting quarterback for the New York Jets by coach Rex Ryan, who demoted previous starter Mark Sanchez. McElroy leapfrogged backup QB Tim Tebow.

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NEW YORK — Mark Sanchez is no longer the New York Jets' franchise quarterback — and he might not be the backup.

Coach Rex Ryan decided to bench Sanchez on Tuesday in favor of Greg McElroy after the fourth-year quarterback had another miserable performance in a 14-10 loss at Tennessee on Monday night that eliminated the Jets from playoff contention.

"I think it's best for our team, and for this game," Ryan said.

Thus it will be McElroy under center for his first pro start when the Jets (6-8) host the San Diego Chargers (5-9) on Sunday. Ryan said he hasn't decided whether Sanchez or Tim Tebow — listed as the No. 2 quarterback — will be the backup.

While Sanchez blew the second chance Ryan gave him a few weeks ago, Tebow was leapfrogged by a third-stringer, fueling speculation the team has little confidence in him as a quarterback.

"I have to look at what I think is the best for the team and not necessarily the individual," Ryan said. "I'll say this about Tim and I've always said it: I know he wants to help this team be successful in the worst way and there's no doubt about that."

Sanchez was intercepted four times Monday night and wasn't able to handle a low snap with the game on the line, leading to a fumble recovered by the Titans in the last minute.

Sanchez leads the league with 24 turnovers, including 17 interceptions, this season and has turned the ball over 50 times in the past two seasons.

Sanchez received a series of death threats from a disgruntled fan on Twitter.

The 25-year-old fan later contacted Newsday to say he never intended to carry out threats against Sanchez.

Police reports describe

Belcher's concerns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher was apparently worried he would lose his baby and money to his longtime girlfriend before fatally shooting her and killing himself Dec. 1, according to newly released police reports.

Belcher, 25, also complained about Kasandra Perkins, 22, the mother of the couple's 3-month-old daughter, in conversations and text messages sent to a woman he was seeing on the side, the reports show.

In one text message sent in late October or early November, Belcher wrote he "would shoot" Perkins "if she didn't leave him alone." The woman told police Belcher said "his child's mother threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up" and "knew exactly how to press his buttons and make him angry."


• Receiver Victor Cruz of the New York Giants has visited the home of a 6-year-old Connecticut shooting victim who was buried in a replica Cruz jersey.

Jack Pinto was among 20 children shot to death Friday in Newtown, Conn. Elementary-school-age children played touch football in the front yard of his family's home Tuesday.

The children and their families left after several hours. Some kids carried autographed Giants footballs and jerseys from the home.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted tight end Isaiah Stanback from the practice squad. Stanback, 28, was signed to the practice squad Dec. 5. He is a former Washington Huskies quarterback and Seahawks player.

• A judge has ordered Dallas nose tackle Josh Brent, 24, to wear an electronic monitor pending his trial on an intoxication-manslaughter charge in the one-car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr., 25, a practice-squad linebacker.

The monitor will be used to make sure Brent isn't drinking while free on bond.

State District Judge Fred Tinsley also lowered Brent's bond from $500,000 to $100,000.

Brent, to the surprise of some team officials, was on the sideline for Sunday's 27-24 overtime victory over Pittsburgh. Team and league sources told ESPN he won't be permitted on the sideline for the rest of the season.

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