It's Go Time For Sanchez

Bothered for three weeks with a shore right shoulder, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to practice and is expected to start.

Florham Park, NJ – The only thing hurting on quarterback Mark Sanchez right now might be his ear, following yet another round of pestering from the press about his injured right shoulder. What has become a daily routine at Jets practice is fast growing wearisome for Sanchez, who seven times on Tuesday fielded questions about his throwing arm from the assembled journalists.

As Sanchez dutifully answered the same question phrased and posited different ways, it was clear that he is able and ready to play on Sunday. Yesterday morning in practice, Sanchez zipped the ball with good velocity and showed no signs of the injury. Sanchez hurt his right shoulder in the second offensive series for the Jets in the Week 15 win at Pittsburgh and he finished the game in what was an overall solid effort for the quarterback.

He played in the loss to Chicago and started on Sunday against Buffalo, orchestrating a scoring drive before being pulled out after the first series. Sanchez did not throw a single pass in his last game.

"No, it's not really affecting much," Sanchez said on Tuesday. "We're just being smart about it, taking the right routes, giving the right throws and approaching it the same way we have the last couple of weeks, but it felt good today."

Sanchez was once again limited on Wednesday with what head coach Ryan has been calling a "pitch count" to make sure that his young quarterback doesn't throw too many balls and risk further damaging his shoulder. But even with the limited number of throws and the team taking precaution, Ryan was still impressed with what he saw from Sanchez in yesterday's practice.

"He definitely had some zip on the ball," Ryan said. "No question."


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