Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez tried to keep his sore right shoulder loose during the portion of Friday morning’s practice open to the media.
Sanchez was the last player to trot onto the field and was windmilling his arms almost immediately. The second-year signal caller began practice with short throws to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and some players.
Sanchez’s shoulder has been the focus of on-field attention this week with coach Rex Ryan originally saying on Wednesday he was 99 percent sure Sanchez would play Sunday against the Chicago Bears but amended his assessment Thursday, saying Sanchez has an 80 percent chance of playing and could be a game-time decision.
"If this young man isn't ready to go or protect himself, or if he's not ready to zip the ball down the field, this is not a defense you want to [play against]," Ryan said on Thursday.
Backup quarterback Mark Brunell took some snaps during which Sanchez put on a coat and continued throwing passes to Jets team personnel.
Sanchez got under center and fired several crisp passes, including one over the middle to tight end Dustin Keller. Whether Sanchez has enough “zip” on his passes to satisfy Ryan remains to be seen.
Sanchez reportedly has a slight cartilage tear, but Ryan referred to the condition as a sore shoulder on Thursday.
Newsday NFL columnist Bob Glauber spoke to a specialist on Thursday about Sanchez's shoulder.
Notes: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes (toe), safety James Ihedigbo (knee) and defensive tackle Trevor Pryce (hip) were all at practice. Safety Eric Smith (concussion), who Ryan has said is likely out this week, wore a red no-contact jersey and bubble wrap around his helmet which several players took the opportunity to pop during drills.