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Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:45 am
Edited on: December 27, 2010 1:29 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL scheduled only division games in Week 17 in order to avoid a slew of meaningless contests sweeping the final week of the regular season. Still, the league realized that having at least a few meaningless contests was inevitable.M. Sanchez (US Presswire)

One of those meaningless contests will be the Jets-Bills. The Jets, despite losing to the Bears on Sunday, clinched a Wild-Card berth after the Jaguars lost to the Redskins. Now Rex Ryan would like to treat next week’s game against the Bills as a quasi-bye.

Ryan is likely to sit quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has been battling a sore right shoulder as of late. (Though maybe a sore shoulder is just what Sanchez needs, given that he’s played perhaps his most solid football the past two weeks.) Mark Brunell is likely to start.

"This isn't my 18th year, so I need as many reps as possible," Sanchez said, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. "With the situation we're in now, with my shoulder, we want to see how it responds to the game. We'll take it day to day. I'm with Coach. Whatever he thinks is best for me and the team, we'll handle it like that."

UPDATE 1:25 p.m. ET: After saying Sunday that Sanchez would likely sit, Ryan indicated on Monday that he may let the quarterback play because "he's in such a groove right now." That said, Ryan's top priority is Sanchez's health. The decision will likely come down to how Sanchez's shoulder feels throughout the week.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:16 am
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 8:47 am
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

Sitting Sanchez in Week 17 is smart as the biggest concern, by far, is his arm.  His play has been consistently mediocre, but he needs to be healthy to perform even at that level.  He may come out after a 2 week break and be rusty, but he's probably their best option.  I would prefer a rusty Sanchez than one who doesn't even have an opportunity to be rusty as a result of being sidelined by injury.



Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:55 pm
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

I understand wanting to rest a player for him to get healthy for the playoffs but is that wise with Sanchez? He is so uneven in his play, is a week off really what he needs at this point? Playoffs are 1 and done...no second chances, Sanchez takes a week off and comes out and stinks up the place. It's going to be a tough off season for the Jets and their fans. 



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:11 pm
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

I think Ryan should also sit out next week. He's had a sore brain for a few weeks now, maybe should use the time to reflect the type of game he and his staff have been calling. Just saying.



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:56 pm
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

Makes sense for the Jets to sit him to ensure health for the playoffs and also to get a few snaps for Brunell in case he has to play.  If that's a problem for the Bills they should bench Fitzpatrick.



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 5:00 pm
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

Just like last year the Bills will win a meaningless game against backups, hurting themselves in the draft.  Instead of getting a 2nd, 3rd or 4th pick they will probably end up with the 8th, 9th, or 10th pick.  The league should look into situations like this.  It's not right.



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:27 pm
 

Sanchez likely to sit in Week 17

The Bills have a chance at the #2 pick if they lose this game. Come on Buffalo, don't screw this up by winning against backups



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:14 am
 

Coach's Decision

Ryan is likely to sit quarterback Mark Sanchez...

Keep him off his feet, so to speak.

"I'm with Coach. Whatever he thinks is best for me and the team."

Don't wanna step on any toesies.



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