Jets Q&A: What's up with Mark Sanchez's injury?

Mark Sanchez warms up before a game against

Mark Sanchez warms up before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 8, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Is Mark Sanchez's injury more serious than the Jets are letting on?

About an hour before kickoff, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Sanchez will get a second opinion this week from noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews because doctors fear he has a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. A half- hour later, though, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported on air that Sanchez has a dislocated right shoulder.

A source told Newsday that both reports are "inaccurate.''

The Jets, meanwhile, are sticking to their familiar refrain when it comes to Sanchez.

Said coach Rex Ryan: "He remains day-to-day for us -- and that's the way he'll be.''

 

How did Santonio Holmes perform in his first game back?

Despite not playing since Week 4 last season, Holmes downplayed the excitement of being back on the field. "The only thing that matters is the win today and the performance of our guys, how hard they played and how [relentless they were],'' said the receiver, who missed most of the 2012 season with a foot injury. He had one catch for 13 yards.

Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who chatted with Holmes before the game, said of his former teammate: "He was competing at a high level. And you got to tip your hat to him . . . Santonio's a tough guy and he wanted to go out there and compete.''

 

How did the Jets stop talented Bucs back Doug Martin?

After finishing 2012 ranked 26th against the run, the Jets' defense was keyed in on shutting down the second-year runner. And it worked, thanks in large part to the disruptive play of rookie Sheldon Richardson. The Bucs finished with 65 yards, all by Martin. Still, Richardson said: "That's too much.''

Aside from swapping out an occasional safety with a cornerback, Ryan left his front seven in to stop Martin. "Obviously, he was a big emphasis,'' Ryan said. "That's why we left regular personnel on the field as much as we did.''

 

Where did the Jets' running game go?

When your quarterback (47 yards, six carries) has more rushing yards than both your running backs combined, that's a problem. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory gained only 44 yards on 22 carries, and Ivory averaged only 1.5 yards. Powell, however, made his presence felt in the passing game, totaling four receptions (including a 14-yard completion in the fourth quarter) for 35 yards.

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