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The Sanchize returns

Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York

Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets gestures on the field against the Buffalo Bills. (December 3, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Jets' rookie quarterback is, well, back.

Mark Sanchez is currently practicing for the first time since injuring his right PCL against the Bills in Toronto 13 days ago. From what I could tell during our 40-minute window, Sanchez was moving well and wasn't favoring the knee. You can tell he wasn't trying to push himself too much, though.

Either way, it's a positive sign for the Jets. Sanchez is scheduled to split reps with backup Kellen Clemens during today's practice and we'll get the official word on how Sanchez looked when we speak with Rex Ryan at 2 p.m. He could also give us an indication of if he's leaning toward naming Sanchez the starter immediately since he said Monday he didn't want the decision to linger.

We'll speak with Sanchez, who went sleeveless in the 30-degree temperatures, at about 4:30 p.m. today.

In other news, Falcons coach Mike Smith told us on a conference call that QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner aren't expected to practice today. Smith said he's hopeful both will be able to get on the practice field by the end of the week, but it sounds like the status of both will be up in the air possibly leading up to Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff.

>> Mark Sanchez photos

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