Coach announced that Sanchez would start in the team’s regular-season finale against Buffalo, but Ryan was uncertain how long he would stay in the game. It is possible Sanchez could play a few series or a few quarters before giving way to and Kellen Clemens.
“We’ll go ahead and start Mark this game,” Ryan said. “How long he plays, we’ll determine that as the game goes.”
Ryan said Sanchez, dealing with a sore right shoulder, showed some zip on his passes in practice and looked good enough to make Ryan feel comfortable about starting him for the playoff-bound Jets (10-5).
Ryan was unsure Wednesday whether Sanchez would play Sunday, saying he was leaning toward playing him “some,” but wanted to see how he threw Thursday before making a decision.
“Last week at this time, I had my concerns,” Ryan said. “Right now, he is zipping it pretty good. I don’t want to put him out there if we don’t think he’s healthy, but I believe he is healthy now.”