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Edwards said he wasn’t worried about the chance of further sanctions.

Game night simply allowed him to forget his issues and think about football for a while. And his touchdown catch in the third quarter was almost too easy.

Allen lined up about 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Edwards caught a short pass from Mark Sanchez, turned around and simply slipped away from the Dolphins‘ cornerback _ then took off untouched down the left sideline for his sixth touchdown in five games against Miami.

Call it an on-field mea culpa.

Jason Allen slipped,” Edwards said.

Edwards apologized Wednesday for creating the distraction. He could have taken advantage of two programs _ one run by the Jets, one by the NFL Players Association _ that are aimed at preventing players from driving when they are too impaired to do so safely.

He sat out the Jets‘ first 17 plays, in which they rolled up 131 yards.

“He misses 17 plays,” NBC’s Al Michaels said as Edwards took the field for the second quarter. “They hardly missed him.”

Edwards was arraigned Tuesday after a breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he was stopped, prosecutors said. Jets owner Woody Johnson said he told Edwards that his behavior was unacceptable.