Monday, September 19, 2011
Updated: September 20, 9:56 AM ET
Mark Sanchez has bruised throwing arm
By Rich Cimini
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez bruised his throwing arm after getting hit on an ill-fated pass that coach Rex Ryan wishes he never called.
Sanchez, in a vulnerable, arm-extended position when he was slammed to the turf Sunday by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Matt Roth, didn't have any tests on his arm or shoulder, Ryan said.
"No, he's fine," Ryan said Monday. "(It's just) a bruise or something."
The play happened near the Jaguars' goal line early in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 32-3 rout. They were ahead by 26 points, but Ryan called second- and third-down passes to Plaxico Burress because the veteran receiver had been held without a catch.
Sanchez missed an open Burress on second down. On the next play, he was drilled as he released the ball, his right arm appearing to crash into Roth's helmet. Sanchez got up slowly and was shaken on the play. After the game, he said it was "scary," but that he was fine.
This is becoming a recurring theme for Sanchez. In the season opener, he was knocked down 10 times by the Dallas Cowboys and underwent concussion tests. He passed, according to the Jets, and didn't miss any practice time.
Ryan said he regretted Sunday's call.
"Yes, I would love to take the third down back because you don't want to get your quarterback hit," Ryan said. "That's on me. That's my call."
Curiously, Ryan kept Sanchez in the game to start the next series, pulling him after one play -- a handoff.
Ryan's decision raises the question of whether he was worried that Burress -- known as a diva receiver in his previous incarnation -- would complain about not getting the ball. Ryan insisted that wasn't the case.
"No, it would be more my ego than his, for sure," Ryan said.
Burress was doubled by the Jaguars on "almost every single snap," according to Ryan, who felt that was the reason why he wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter.
After the game, Burress took it all in stride.
"Four months ago, I was so far away from playing football that I have nothing to complain about," he said, alluding to his release from prison in June.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.