Joe McKnight has been released. (Bill Kostroun / AP) Joe McKnight has been released. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

The New York Jets kicked off what promises to be a weird day, even by their standards, by releasing running back and kick returner Joe McKnight this morning, one day ahead of the deadline for NFL teams to reduce rosters to 75 players.

McKnight, a talented but unreliable player, had a relatively unproductive preseason, during which he was arrested in connection with unpaid traffic tickets and suffered a concussion and migraines. Perhaps the move will attract some attention away from the drama, controversy and ridicule that surrounded the Jets and Coach Rex Ryan over the weekend.

With Geno Smith struggling, Ryan was second-guessed mightily after he put starting quarterback Mark Sanchez rather than third-stringer Matt Simms into the preseason game in the fourth quarter Saturday night — and Sanchez promptly got hurt. Sanchez, is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury and his availability for the season opener is uncertain.

After the preseason game, a testy Ryan held a press conference that was, to put it mildly, bizarre. You can watch here or know that the SB Nation GIF captures it perfectly.

He’ll address the media again today. The McKnight move will be easier to explain.

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