That bruising battle in Pittsburgh yesterday left the Jets' franchise quarterback just that -- bruised up.
With his right shoulder feeling a bit sore following their 22-17 win over the Steelers, Mark Sanchez had an MRI today, according to Rex Ryan. But Ryan said it was actually good news for the Jets, who're confident it's nothing to get worked up over.
"Anytime it's your quarterback, you're going to make sure he's Ok," Ryan said. "The MRI showed it was a positive thing for us. He’ll be ready to play on Sunday."
Ryan said he thinks Sanchez got roughed up on a scramble late in the first half, but Sanchez played the rest of the game and it didn't appear to affect him.
"I just know he's beat up pretty good," Ryan said. "That's what you expect when you play a physical football team."
Still, after being peppered with a few more questions, Ryan was aware of the brushfire he started and made sure to let it be known it wasn't anything to be alarmed about.
"I probably shouldn't have said anything," he cracked.
Ryan said Sanchez could be limited this week during practice as they prepare to square off against the Bears in Chicago. But in saying that, he also indicated took a few reps away from Sanchez in practice last week, handing off one or two to veteran Mark Brunell just to deliver a subtle message and tick Sanchez off a little.
"I don't know if I would do that," Ryan said sheepishly before admitting, "Yeah, you know what? You do. You also send a message that, 'You know what, 'You're my guy, everybody knows you're my guy,' but if I'll make him accountable, I'll make everybody accountable. There's even times I pull Bart [Scott]. I'll pull, well not [Darrelle] Revis, but everybody else, at some time we've benched everybody at some time. And not necessarily benched, but pulled a guy here and there.
"That's the thing. For whatever reason, if you are not getting it done, then nobody is above it. All we want to do is win and that's my job as a coach. I came here to win, that's what we do. It doesn't mean that I don't care for a guy or respect them or whatever, but again, I respect the whole team and it's not just about one individual."
Ryan said Revis and Antonio Cromartie were also in need to treatment today. Remember, Revis had that sore right hamstring that limited him in practice near the end of last week.
As for his other starting cornerback, Ryan said: "Cromartie, I don't know what he had, but he said he felt like he was in a track meet, and he kept running. With that [Mike] Wallace kid, I don't know how many verticals he had to cover -- about 60 of them I think."