NEW YORK — The Jets released Brady Quinn on Saturday, leaving rookie starter Geno Smith and backup Matt Simms as their only healthy quarterbacks for today's season opener against the Bucs.
The move had been hinted at because coach Rex Ryan prefers to have only two quarterbacks active for games. It also prevents Quinn's salary from being guaranteed. Salaries for veterans became guaranteed Saturday. As a result, Quinn likely will re-sign this week.
Quinn signed Monday to provide a veteran presence with Mark Sanchez sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Three Bucs out: Bucs left guard Carl Nicks (MRSA staph infection), tight end Tom Crabtree (ankle) and fullback Erik Lorig (calf) didn't make the trip. Nicks and Crabtree were not expected to play while Lorig was questionable. Brian Leonard is expected to start for him.
Serviceman moves up to Titans active roster
NASHVILLE — The Titans moved fullback Collin Mooney, who spent three years in the Army, from the practice squad to the active roster. He replaces fullback Quinn Johnson, who went on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.
After running for an Army-record 1,339 yards in 2008, Mooney served his military commitment. He spent most of last season on Tennessee's practice squad before being promoted for the last two games.
Chargers: Linebacker Manti Te'o was declared out for Monday's game against the Texans. He hasn't practiced since injuring his foot during the preseason opener.
Patriots: Star tight end Rob Gronkowski did not travel to Buffalo for today's game, nfl.com reported. Gronkowski, coming off offseason surgeries on his back and forearm, was listed as doubtful on the injury report. Also, former Florida State running back and kick returner Leon Washington signed a week after being released.
Ravens: Receiver and punt returner Jacoby Jones will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained ligament in his right knee. Teammate Brynden Trawick ran into Jones as he was about to catch a punt Thursday against the Broncos.
Texans: Safety Ed Reed, who didn't play in the preseason after offseason hip surgery, will be a game-time decision Monday.
Super Bowl: Pop singer Bruno Mars will perform at halftime, the Associated Press reported. An announcement is expected today.
Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.