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It's Official!

(As if you guys didn't know already...)

Coach Rex Ryan finally made it official Friday: Quarterback Mark Sanchez will start in Sunday's must-win game against the Atlanta Falcons.

After days of speculation regarding the Jets QB situation, Ryan told reporters during his afternoon press conference: "Mark will start. No great surprise to anybody."

Sanchez, who returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Dec. 3 against Buffalo, wore short sleeves and a glove on his left hand during today's indoor practice.

Ryan said Sanchez looked good during practice, despite wearing braces on both knees.

"It'll be a Joe Namath throwback game for Mark," the coach said with a laugh.

Yesterday, Ryan told reporters that Sanchez looked better in practice than he did the day before, and even increased his workload by 25 percent. The coach also said Sanchez didn't report any pain and there wasn't any swelling in his right knee. Yet, Ryan held off on making a decision until today.

"I want to wait it out, but again, it's more the medical opinions than my own opinions," Ryan told reporters Thursday.

But today, Ryan said the doctors and medical staff felt good about Sanchez starting.

"He feels confident. He threw the ball really well. He's ready to go," he said of the quarterback, who will wear both knee braces on Sunday.

"...We went into practice thinking he was fine."

In other news: OL Robert Turner (knee) and C Nick Mangold (illness) did not pactice again. Ryan said Turner will be out against Atlanta, but Mangold -- who was set home from the facility for the second straight day -- is questionable, though he expects him to play.

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