The Dirt On Sanchez

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez remains a big question mark heading into Sunday's regular season finale.

Florham Park, NJ – Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez appears set to play this Sunday as New York wraps up the regular season with a game against the Buffalo Bills at The New Meadowlands Stadium. Sanchez, who injured his right shoulder in the second series of the win at Pittsburgh, battled through the injury this past Sunday in Chicago after struggling through a week of practice.

On Wednesday, Sanchez rarely threw the ball more than 10 yards and used his left arm for much of the offense's drills. Jets head coach Rex Ryan called him "limited" following practice.

"I'll just say this about Mark, he's much better now than he was last week at this point. He's feeling pretty good about it," Ryan said. "He kind of does have that hot hand and, more than anything, I want him to make sure that he's ready to go."

Even though a win would improve the Jets record to 11-5, New York will most likely be the sixth seed in the playoffs and would play next Saturday in the Wild Card round. The short week, Ryan says, means that he must weigh his quarterback's health carefully.

The usually up-tempo Sanchez appeared more reserved on Wednesday afternoon when addressing the media, unwilling to commit to how many snaps he'll get on Sunday.

"I'm preparing like I'm going to play, watching film, taking as many reps as possible and still being smart about my shoulder, so until he says,[that I'm] not in, I'm treating it like a regular game," Sanchez said.

Neither head coach or quarterback were willing to divulge the plan for Sanchez against the Bills or if he'll even play. Last week, Ryan told the media on Wednesday that Sanchez would likely play at the Bears, saying he was "99.9%" certain. He then backpedaled the next day after another timid practice from the ailing Sanchez. Ryan didn't give a percentage on Wednesday afternoon but he's hopeful his quarterback will play.

Sanchez, however, seemed willing to do whatever Ryan has planned for him on Sunday.

"If it were up to me, I have no idea. I'd see how it feels on Sunday first before I did anything. I just want to be ready for the playoffs and I know what kind of a grind that is from last year. I need to play even better than I did in the playoffs last year, this year, for us to win. We'll see," Sanchez said. "It's going to be up to Rex and that's a tough decision. I don't want to be in his shoes."

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