Kony Ealy is downplaying the obvious story line now.
Sure, the defensive lineman was a Super Bowl star with the Carolina Panthers two seasons ago - and then got traded last March. Ealy is with the New York Jets these days, and insists that his past won't affect his approach.
No matter what team he's facing.
"I'm going to go out here and play the same game I've been playing for about eight weeks now," Ealy said Wednesday, "and try to focus on getting that `W.'"
But that no-frills answer came a day after Ealy appeared on NFL Network and acknowledged that he was eager to get "a little revenge" against the Panthers on Sunday.
He opted to not reiterate any of that after practice Wednesday. When asked if it might be strange to see so many familiar faces on the other sideline at MetLife Stadium, Ealy nearly cut off the reporter in mid-question.
"No," Ealy said. "No."
But does he anticipate feeling any emotions when he takes the field against the team that got rid of him?
"No," Ealy repeated sternly. "No."
And, why not?
"At the end of the day, I'm worried about going out there and focusing on winning the game," Ealy said, "and trying to get into the playoffs. I'm not worried about one team or anything like that." >> Read more
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