CORTLAND, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was a rough day for Joe McKnight in Cortland on Monday.
The Jets’ running back dropped to the field during a drill and had to be carted to the locker room wearing an oxygen mask.
About an hour after being escorted to the locker room, he walked to the field to watch the end of practice in a T-shirt and shorts while wearing dark sunglasses. McKnight was not available to the media, walking past reporters without comment, and the Jets had no further details on his condition.
Heading to the field at the start of practice, he dropped to a knee three times and was examined by trainers. After pouring water over his head, McKnight then jogged and appeared OK.
“If the trainers thought he would be at risk, he would never be out there, ever,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.
Wearing a red no-contact jersey, he was participating in a drill 45 minutes into practice when he went down again after diving for a pass. Trainers rushed to him, and then walked him to a medical tent behind the field.
But the afternoon just got stranger from there.
While he was in the locker room being treated on Monday, the Jets confirmed that McKnight angrily responded on Twitter to someone he thought was a reporter.
The initial tweet from a fan read, “about time you get released. Good luck. And stay healthy.”
McKnight tweeted that he was “trying to keep my cool” before adding that “now it has gone too far with these reporters.” He then asked, “are you outside,” but a public-relations staff member assured McKnight that the critical tweet had not come from a reporter but a fan.