Cotchery then looked up and saw his quarterback scrambling for his life.
"I just saw Mark coming out of the pocket and I was like ‘Don't look at me'," Cotchery said. "And he did."
Cotchery, in his words, said that "I didn't think Mark was going to treat me like a wide receiver" on that play. Instead, Sanchez fired a pass to Cotchery that forced the hobbled wide receiver to leap to his side and snag the ball. The pass, on third and long, was enough for a first down and sustained the Jets drive.
"I was just trying to make a play," Cotchery said.
This week, the Jets wide receiver will undergo intensive rehabilitation in an effort to heal in time for Sunday's home game against Houston. Cotchery said his treatment will include the cold tub and tissue massage. He had an ice bag strapped to groin and he walked with a noticeable limp.
"They haven't ruled me out," Cotchery said. "Hopefully these treatments go well."
Cotchery termed it a "slight tear," prompting head coach Rex Ryan to say that "I like the word 'slight' there, that's good."
The play was a highlight on the weekly "Play Like A Jet" compilation that the coaching staff puts together to highlight individual accomplishments that typify the team-first effort.
"It's impossible," Ryan said of the play. "I don't know how he did it."