Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez was in Birmingham, Ala. yesterday visiting renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrew to get his right knee checked out, according to published reports.

Sanchez originally injured his knee when diving headfirst in an attempt to get the first down early in the second half of the Jets’ 19-13 win over the Bills in Toronto on Dec. 3. He was diagnosed with a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament and missed the Jets’ 26-3 win in Tampa 10 days after coming up gimpy against Buffalo.

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Sanchez, who wore a brace to protect the knee, wasn’t showing any signs of the injury over the last few weeks, when he was playing his best he had all season. Presumably, if there is a need for a surgical procedure, it’s expected to be something minimal, perhaps just to clean things up and make sure he's ready to go when the Jets begin their offseason training program.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum is expected to address the media out at the team’s Florham Park, N.J. facility later today at 4 p.m. We'll see what he has to say about the situation.