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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Updated: November 15, 12:02 PM ET
Jerricho Cotchery, Mark Sanchez hurt

By Rich Cimini
ESPNNewYork.com

CLEVELAND -- The New York Jets' stunning 26-20 overtime win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns came with a price.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who pulled a groin muscle in overtime, will undergo an MRI exam Monday to determine the severity of the injury. The initial indications aren't encouraging, and it appears that Cotchery could be lost for a significant period of time.

"I'm in quite a bit of pain," said Cotchery, who got hurt moments before he made a diving catch -- "the gutsiest player I've seen in a long time," coach Rex Ryan said.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez injured his right calf on a third-quarter sack and, although he remained in the game, it caused discomfort as he appeared to be limping at times. Sanchez, his calf heavily wrapped in ice after the game, said he expects to play next week against the Houston Texans.

"They wanted to check it out and make sure it wasn't my knee," Sanchez said. "They let me move around a little bit and get it stretched out, and hang in."

Ryan didn't get into specifics regarding the calf injury, initially calling it a "leg" -- a vague reference to playfully tweak Browns coach Eric Mangini, notoriously secretive when it comes to reporting injuries.

The Jets also may have an injury issue at left guard, as Matt Slauson (knee) was replaced in the fourth quarter by Rob Turner. The last time a Jets offensive lineman missed a start was 2007. Slauson hurt the same knee -- right -- last week in Detroit and missed a day of practice.

Cotchery's injury will hurt the Jets' depth at receiver. He lost his starting job last week to Santonio Holmes, who scored the game winner on a 37-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left, but Cotchery is a valuable player who sees significant playing time.

He was injured while making a cut at the top of his route. The play was extended with Sanchez scrambling, but instead of shutting it down, Cotchery tried to get open. He made eye contact with Sanchez and actually signaled to the quarterback that his groin was hurt, but he still made a remarkable catch on an all-out dive.

Afterward, a somber Cotchery was asked if he believes the injury is significant. He paused.

"Well," he said, "I didn't finish the game."

An ominous sign, for sure.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.