Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Injury report: Sanchez OK; Greene, McKnight practice
By Rich Cimini
QB Mark Sanchez, who suffered an apparent neck injury in Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, practiced Tuesday and looked fine as the New York Jets began preparations for Saturday’s crucial game against the New York Giants.
On Monday, coach Rex Ryan indicated that Sanchez was okay and would practice all week, although he said Sanchez would continue to receive treatment for an injury the team has yet to characterize.
Sanchez received medical attention in the third quarter after leaving the field, his right arm dangling at his side. He was hit by Eagles DE Jason Babin. It was a low-impact hit by Babin, who actually pulled up, but his helmet grazed Sanchez’s face mask, causing his head to turn. Sanchez collapsed to the turf and appeared to be in severe pain.
The third-year quarterback returned to the game on the Jets’ next series, not missing any snaps due to the injury. He was listed on the injury report with a neck injury after a Nov. 17 loss in Denver, where he sustained several big hits. He didn’t miss any practice time. It’s unclear if there’s a connection between the two injuries.
Meanwhile, the Jets appear relatively healthy. As expected, guard Brandon Moore (hip) didn’t practice, but he will play. RB Shonn Greene (torn tendon in pinky finger) and KR Joe McKnight (separated shoulder) both practiced. Reserve CB Marquice Cole (knee), who missed the last game, sat out.
WR/PR Jeremy Kerley wasn’t seen on the practice field during the period open to the media. The team has yet to comment on his status.