NEW YORK — Mark Sanchez is still focused on coming back this season for the Jets.
Coach Rex Ryan believes it could happen, but he's not exactly backing Sanchez's assertion that the quarterback won the starting job in the preseason over rookie Geno Smith.
Sanchez, hurt in the third preseason game, is rehabilitating his injured right shoulder rather than immediately having season-ending surgery. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed, although some reports say it is a torn labrum.
"If we didn't think it'd be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on (injured reserve)," Ryan said Friday. "And that's not the case."
Before the Jets' 13-10 loss to the Patriots on Thursday, Sanchez said he hopes to playi this year. He said he was disappointed by the injury because he felt he would be the starter.
"I won the competition," Sanchez reportedly told the NFL Network. "There was no doubt about that. It was a done deal."
Ryan, however, has never declared a winner.
"As a competitor, that's what you expect," Ryan said. "You want your players to believe that. … His comments about that he clearly thinks he won the competition or whatever, that's his opinion."
Jet fined for hit on Buc: Jets safety Dawan Landry was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness after he hit Bucs receiver Mike Williams, deemed a defenseless player, in the head and neck area after Williams caught a 17-yard TD pass.
More fines: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for a late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. A fracas followed when Matthews and 49ers left tackle Joe Staley began pushing and shoving. … 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was docked $7,875 for a late hit on Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush, and 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer call. … Washington's DeAngelo Hall was fined $20,000 for a horse-collar tackle on the Eagles' DeSean Jackson. … Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was fined $15,750 for throwing a punch at Seattle offensive lineman Breno Giacomini. … Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph was fined $15,750 for a low hit on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Broncos: Cornerback Champ Bailey will miss his second straight game because of a lingering left foot sprain.
Cardinals: Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) was limited in practice for the third straight day and is questionable for Sunday against the Lions.
Colts: Vick Ballard, the team's leading rusher last season, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Coach Chuck Pagano said Ballard was hurt making a cut in practice. Former Giants star Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start against Miami.
Giants: Cornerback Prince Amukamara (concussion) received clearance to return to practice and should start Sunday against the Broncos.
Vikings: A financial review shows owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are able to pay their share of the $1 billion cost for the new downtown Minneapolis stadium, officials with the public authority that's managing the project said. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority hired attorneys and forensic accountants to review the New Jersey-based businessmen's finances after a judge there ruled last month they committed fraud in an unrelated real estate deal. That judge has not yet ruled on damages, but officials in Minnesota were concerned that heavy penalties could interfere with the Wilfs' ability to produce their $477 million share for the new stadium. … Defensive tackle Kevin Williams (right knee) did not practice, but coach Leslie Frazier said his defensive captain will be make his season debut this week against Chicago.
Patriots 13, Jets 10
First downs 15 9
Total Net Yards 318 232
Rushes-yards 32-129 24-54
Passing 189 178
Punt Returns 2-7 6-72
Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-25
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 3-14
Comp-Att-Int 15-35-3 19-39-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-25 1-7
Punts 9-44.6 11-46.7
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 8-66 3-30
Time of Possession 34:00 26:00
N.Y. Jets 3 0 7 0— 10
New England 10 3 0 0— 13
NE—Dobson 39 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 12:54.
NE—FG Gostkowski 21, 9:17.
NYJ—FG Folk 37, 4:01.
NE—FG Gostkowski 30, 5:05.
NYJ—Powell 3 run (Folk kick), 5:05.
RUSHING—N.Y. Jets, Ivory 12-52, Powell 13-48, Smith 3-17, Bohanon 4-12. New England, Ridley 16-40, Blount 4-11, Edelman 1-4, Washington 1-1, Brady 2-(minus 2).
PASSING—N.Y. Jets, Smith 15-35-3-214. New England, Brady 19-39-0-185.
RECEIVING—N.Y. Jets, Hill 4-86, Holmes 3-51, Winslow 3-16, Gates 2-42, Powell 2-22, Bohanon 1-(minus 3). New England, Edelman 13-78, Dobson 3-56, Thompkins 2-47, Develin 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—New England, Gostkowski 43 (WL).
TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS—N.Y. Jets, Allen 4-4-0, Harris 3-4-0, Davis 3-3-0, Trufant 3-0-0, Landry 2-3-0, Richardson 2-3-0, Harrison 2-1-0, Wilson 2-1-0, Bush 1-1-0, Cromartie 1-1-0, Milliner 1-1-0, Douzable 1-0-1, Ellis 1-0-0, Gates 1-0-0, Hill 1-0-0, Jarrett 1-0-0, Lankster 1-0-0, Reuland 1-0-0, Walls 1-0-0, Winslow 1-0-0, Bellore 0-2-0, McIntyre 0-1-0, Pace 0-1-0, Sapp 0-1-0, Wilkerson 0-1-0. New England, Gregory 4-4-0, Hightower 4-4-0, Ninkovich 4-2-0, Kelly 4-1-1, Mayo 3-3-0, Cha.Jones 3-2-2, Arrington 2-0-0, Wilfork 2-0-0, Vellano 1-3-0, Spikes 1-2-0, McCourty 1-1-0, Talib 1-1-0, Buchanan 1-0-1, Fletcher 1-0-0, Harmon 1-0-0, Slater 1-0-0, Dennard 0-1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS—New England, Talib 2-14, Dennard 1-0.