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Rex: Check with me tomorrow

The decision as to whether to start Mark Sanchez will apparently wait another day.

Rex Ryan didn't show his hand this afternoon, refusing to outright name Sanchez as the starter a day after indicating he would have a decision ready today after seeing how Sanchez's right knee felt. Sanchez took 75 percent of the reps with the first-team offense and even though Ryan said Sanchez looked better today than he did in yesterday's practice, he's still not ready to give Sanchez the final nod just yet.

"I'm not willing to say that right now," Ryan said. "I'm optimistic about it. I'll have a great idea tomorrow, I think, when I meet the medical staff."

Ryan doesn't expect this to come down to a game-time decision.

"I just want to make sure he feels fine in the morning," Ryan said. "[I don't want] him to be limited enough where he thinks it's a hindrance for him to be out there. I want to make sure that he's ready to play quarterback and doesn't hurt himself of this football team."

Take a deep breath, though, Jets fans. Although today came and went without a decision, all indications continue to point toward the Sanchize being under center come Sunday at the Meadowlands.

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Injury wise, C Nick Mangold (illness) has whatever is going through the Jets offensive line and was sent home, so he didn't practice. Reserve OL Robert Turner (knee) missed practice again as well.

DE Shaun Ellis and CB Dwight Lowery (ankle) were limited.

As for the Falcons, they got a bit of good news with the return of two of their key offensive weapons today, though it was in an extremely limited capacity.

QB Matt Ryan (toe) and RB Michael Turner (ankle) finally returned to the practice field, leaving only DE Jamaal Anderson and CB Chris Houston as the lone two players not to practice for the Birds. So with Ryan and Turner able to get some work in, it appears as if the Jets might not catch a break this week.

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Rex also did a little lobbying for CB Darrelle Revis, who's having an outstanding season. No need to rehash the amazing numbers he's held some of the game's elite receivers. We've all seen them by now.

He's clamped down on the Randy Mosses, Steve Smiths, Andre Johnsons and Terrell Owenses and Ryan sang his praises for one of the league's top honors.

"If he's not the Defensive Player of the Year, something is wrong with the system," Ryan said. "Nobody and I mean nobody maybe in the history of the league has had the challenges that he's faced week in and week out. You look at the top receivers in the game now that he's gone out and matched with and literally almost shut down."

Revis, unbelievably, was fourth in the AFC among cornerbacks in Pro Bowl voting this time last week. If you think Revis is Pro Bowl worthy (if you don't, well ...) you can vote on the official ballot right here to help send Revis to South Florida the week before the Super Bowl.

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In conjunction with A-1 First Class-Viking Moving and Storage, the Jets will hold their annual coat drive to benefit Jersey Cares on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used coats to donate to the cause, and they will be accepted at all gates.

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