Rex Ryan said he expects quarterback Mark Sanchez to play long enough against Buffalo to get the “blood flowing,” but that’s about it.
“We’ll see how it goes,” the Jets coach said Friday. “I just want to get him out there. And the main thing, stay in that routine, the preparation and all that kind of stuff, and get out there and get that blood flowing. But I don’t believe it’ll be long.”
Backups Mark Brunell and Kellen Clemens got the bulk of the practice time today, according to Ryan, but not because Sanchez wasn’t able to perform.
“We really never asked him to do much in practice,” the coach said of his second-year QB, who injured his throwing shoulder vs. the Steelers. “We really didn’t. We were giving a lot of opportunities to Brunell and Kellen Clemens. It’s not like he was doing anything bad, it’s just that we were giving those other guys opportunities.”
Though Ryan said he hasn’t seen a “huge difference” from last week regarding the injured Sanchez, the coach insists the young quarterback is capable of playing.
“He’s just been going good,” said Ryan. “Like I said, we wouldn’t play him if we didn’t think he was ready to go.”
Here’s Sunday’s injury report:
[DNP] S James Ihedigbo (knee/ankle)
[DNP] RT Damien Woody (knee)
[LTD] S Eric Smith (concussion)
[DNP] DE Shaun Ellis (back)
[LTD] CB Antonio Cromartie (groin)
[LTD] NT Sione Pouha (back)
[LTD] DE Trevor Pryce (hip)
[LTD] CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring)
[LTD] QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder)
[FULL] WR Santonio Holmes (quad)
[FULL] C Nick Mangold (shoulder)