FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The on-again, off-again relationship between the Jets and Laveranues Coles is apparently off again.
New York will cut the veteran wide receiver to make room on the roster for a safety, head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday.
The Jets, who lost Jim Leonhard to a broken right leg last week, are in need of help at the position after James Ihedigbo went down during Monday's 45-3 loss to New England.
Ryan said Ihedigbo's injury is "probably his MCL and his ankle" and that the safety was to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
"The fact that he didn't finish the game is generally a concern," said Ryan. "Obviously we don't feel good about it, but I don't know the extent right now."
Coles failed to make the Jets' roster out of training camp, but signed an undisclosed contract with the club on Sunday, although he was inactive for Monday's game.
Ryan said his signing was mostly symbolic in the wake of Leonhard's injury.
"We lost a Jet and I wanted to bring a Jet in," said Ryan. "I would have liked to have had [Coles] here, but now we're going to have to let him go because of the fact our safety situation is the way it is.
"With the uncertainty of [Ihedigbo] being out, we'll probably have to bring a safety in."
Coles spent the 2009 season with Cincinnati, catching 43 balls for 514 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games. Prior to that, he suited up for the Jets between 2005-09, scoring 24 times in 60 games.
The Florida State product was selected by the Jets in the third-round of the 2000 draft and spent his first three seasons with the team. He set a career high with 1,264 receiving yards in 2002.
In his 10-year NFL tenure, Coles collected 674 receptions for 8,609 yards and 49 touchdowns.