The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Jets' Ryan: It's realistic Sanchez could return, but QB competition comments are 'his opinion'
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mark Sanchez is still focused on coming back this season for the New York Jets.
Coach Rex Ryan thinks it could happen.
Sanchez, hurt in the team's third preseason game, is rehabilitating his injured right shoulder rather than immediately having season-ending surgery. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed, although some published reports say it is a torn labrum.
"If we didn't think it'd be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR," Ryan said Friday. "And that's not the case."
Sanchez visited Dr. James Andrews this week to take another look at his shoulder, a decision that was agreed upon mutually by the team doctors and the quarterback. In an interview with NFL Network before the Jets' 13-10 loss to the Patriots Thursday, Sanchez said he was not planning on having surgery anytime soon, but instead wanted to continue to rehabilitate with his sights set on playing again this year.
Before the game at Gillette Stadium, Sanchez threw passes left-handed while warming up with the rest of the team.
"He's doing a great job in rehab," Ryan said, "and our doctors and our trainers are pleased."
Sanchez appeared to have an edge in the tightly contested quarterback competition after rookie Geno Smith struggled with three interceptions in the preseason game against the Giants. But, Ryan decided to play Sanchez in the fourth quarter of that game, a call for which the coach has taken a lot of criticism since it was in garbage time when Sanchez took a crunching hit from Marvin Austin.
In the interview with NFL Network, Sanchez said he was disappointed by the injury because he felt he undoubtedly beat out Smith for the starting job. Ryan, however, has never declared a winner in the competition.
"As a competitor, I guess that's what you expect," Ryan said. "You want your players to believe that. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody else will. I certainly would expect that from any competitor, to think that they're winning the job.
"His comments about that he clearly thinks he won the competition or whatever, that's his opinion."
NOTES: Ryan had no update on DL Muhammad Wilkerson, who injured his right ankle late in the game. The Jets are hoping it's not a high ankle sprain. Wilkerson was seen leaving the locker room with heavy ice packs on his ankle. ... After benching CB Dee Milliner, the team's top draft pick, Ryan would not commit to starting him against Buffalo next Sunday. "I don't know," Ryan said. "We'll see." Milliner was replaced by Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls against the Patriots. "At that time, I just thought it was best that, hey, you know what, sit him down, let him watch it and we'll go with more experience out there," Ryan said. ... Ryan hopes to have WR Jeremy Kerley back against the Bills after he missed the game Thursday night with a concussion.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
(1 of 50 articles for this week)12/10/2013 10:05 PM 0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Ryan Seymour was standing on the visitor's side of Candlestick Park on Sunday.
Two days later, he ...
Photo Store Gallery
Most Popular NFL
- Hard work pays off for long-shot defensive lineman Stefan Charles
- Rams guaranteed non-winning season after consecutive losses
- Jones calls for more aggressive play-calling on 'D' after Cowboys get picked up by Bears 45-28
- NFL moves Bears-Eagles to Sunday night game on Dec. 22
- Dolphins' Starks hears teasing after video of tussle for fumble against Steelers goes viral
- QB Josh McCown has kept Bears in playoff race with stellar play
- Only thing better than being Auburn fan? Holding tickets for national title at 1,000-1 odds
- Cowboys LB Sean Lee leaves game against Bears with neck injury
- Browns waive quarterback Caleb Hanie, who backed up Campbell on Sunday at New England
- Peyton Manning answers his cold-weather critics with an icy retort and a red-hot performance
- Vikings come to agreement with Wells Fargo on signage issue around new stadium
- Nasty weather, with blowing snow, plagues several NFL games
- 5 things to know after Dalton, Bengals win 42-28 against Colts, who still clinch AFC South
- 5 things to know after Tom Brady's 2 TD passes in last 61 seconds lift Pats over Browns 27-26
- Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski lost for season, goes on injured reserve with injured right knee
- Houston Texans fire coach Gary Kubiak as skid reaches 11 games
- Unbeaten Buckeyes face another obstacle with benching of right guard in imperfect season
- NFL fines Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with play against Ravens
- 5 things to know after Prater's record kick, Manning's 4 TDs lift Broncos over Titans 51-28
- It's not just quarterbacks who are putting up historic numbers in NFL's pass-happy days
- Man says he had no fear trying to catch woman who jumped from Oakland stadium deck
- Former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen dies during surgery at 57
- Survey finds Canadians don't want NFL here if it means demise of CFL
- Police: 1 dead, 3 in custody after altercation in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot in Kansas City
- Vikings and Packers play to a 26-26 tie after Green Bay storms back under Flynn
- 5 things we learned from Patriots comeback 34-31 OT win over Broncos in fumble-filled game
- Joe Montana says NFL locker rooms are tough, but Dolphins scandal can be handled
- Code Talker attends game, says Washington Redskins name not derogatory, is symbol of courage
- Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd could get life in prison at sentencing for drug scheme
- Political football: Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends Bills-Falcons game
Ads by Google