The New York Jets, who have two regulars holding out, an unsigned No. 1 draft choice and 18 players on injured reserve, on Wednesday ruled out one of the players they thought they might have for Sunday's opener against the Raiders--defensive end Mark Gastineau.
Gastineau, the NFL leader in sacks for the last two seasons and an opponents' favorite wherever he goes, suffered a broken right thumb in training camp two weeks ago.
Three pins were placed in it. Gastineau was still hoping to play. "I won't allow it to hurt," he told the New York Post.
Nevertheless, it did.
"One pin came out Monday," Jet spokesman Frank Ramos said. "Because of the pain and throbbing, he stayed in the hospital Tuesday night and Wednesday. He'll return today (Thursday)."