Jets’ Sanchez practices again
Mark Sanchez is ready to go. He just needs his right knee to
The New York Jets quarterback practiced for the second
straight day Thursday and took 75 percent of the snaps, but a
patient coach Rex Ryan remained undecided on his starter for the
game against the Atlanta Falcons.
“You’re going to ask questions, if he’s definitely going to
start,” Ryan said. “I’m not willing to say that right now. I’m
optimistic about it. I’ll have a great idea (Friday), I think, when
I meet with the medical staff.”
Sanchez, recovering from a sprained right knee, had no
swelling or stiffness and was a full participant in practice after
being limited Wednesday.
“He looked much better today than he even did yesterday,”
Ryan said. “I thought he was more confident today. He looked OK
yesterday. Again, I want to make sure that he’s definitely ready to
play in a National Football League game.”
Sanchez missed the Jets’ 26-3 victory last Sunday at Tampa
Bay after spraining the posterior cruciate ligament against Buffalo
on Dec. 3. Kellen Clemens filled in for Sanchez, and would do so
again if the rookie can’t go Sunday.
“I just want to make sure he feels fine in the morning,”
Ryan said, adding he wants to be patient and sure Sanchez is 100
Sanchez, showing no signs of a limp, wore a custom-made brace
on his right knee, as well as the left knee, which was previously
injured. Ryan said he thought Sanchez, who jokingly said he
“looked like Forrest Gump,” would wear both braces if he plays
against the Falcons.
“I want to wait it out, but again, it’s more the medical
opinions than my own opinions,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to sit
back and say, ‘Hey, he’s fine.’ I’d like to say that, but I think
it’s probably in the kid’s best interest and our team’s best
interest that our medical staff agrees with that.”
Ryan added that the cold and snowy conditions expected at the
Meadowlands on Sunday would not have any impact on whether Sanchez
Sanchez spent last week rehabilitating at the team’s
facility. He said he thought he could play and was upset by Ryan’s
decision, although he understood it, and didn’t travel with the
team to Tampa Bay.