Sanchez iffy but could face Bucs
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — QB Mark Sanchez didn't practice Monday while recovering from a sprained right knee, but coach Rex Ryan is optimistic about the rookie's chances of playing Sunday against the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium.
Sanchez sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in the knee while diving for a first down in New York's 19-13 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.
Sanchez will initially wear a brace to stabilize the knee and could use it Sunday if cleared. He already wears a brace on his left knee from a previous injury.
Ryan wasn't sure if he has ever seen a quarterback play with two knee braces.
"Did Joe Namath?" he said, laughing. "I'm not really sure. I think (Dan) Marino might have."
A DIFFERENT TUNE: The Jets (6-6) got some help in the AFC playoff chase with Pittsburgh's loss to Oakland. New York trails New England by a game in the East and Jacksonville by a game for the No. 6 seed. Ryan tried to cover up his happiness about Sunday's results with some coachspeak, then his true feelings emerged.
"To think that I wasn't cheering for the Oakland Raiders against Pittsburgh, okay, I'll admit it, I was cheering for Oakland." Then Baltimore's former defensive coordinator said, "As much as I love the Ravens and all the people there, I'll be cheering for Green Bay (on Monday). It's that time of year."