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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez intimated Tuesday that he needed treatment for his bruised throwing arm, but he said there's no doubt he will play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
"Feeling good, feeling good," Sanchez said during his weekly spot on 1050 ESPN Radio. "All systems are go. Our training staff is awesome. They got me feeling great already, so I'm ready to practice."
Asked if he will play Sunday, Sanchez said, "No question."
Sanchez was drilled early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 32-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It became a controversial play because the Jets, comfortably ahead by 26 points, called a third-down pass near the Jacksonville goal line. Afterward, Jets coach Rex Ryan second-guessed himself, saying he made the call only because he wanted to get Plaxico Burress a reception. Burress finished with no catches.
A routine play nearly turned disastrous, as defensive end Matt Roth beat right tackle Wayne Hunter and hit Sanchez as he released the ball. His forearm crashed into Roth's helmet. On Monday, Ryan said Sanchez suffered a bruise.
Ryan received criticism for leaving Sanchez in too long. Sanchez backed his coach.
"I don't think so, I wanted to be in," he said, adding, "I didn't have the best game in the world. I completed a lot of passes, but I threw two of them to them. I wanted to stay in to rack up for more completions for myself just to keep playing well and get back on track and feel good about the game when we left it."
"I was happy to be in," Sanchez continued. "It's a normal protection, you wouldn't think I'd be taking a shot right there. We didn't expect that, obviously. Looking back, it's easy to say, 'Why is he in?' But if we throw a touchdown to Plax, it's like, 'All right, it was a good idea.'"
Sanchez actually returned for the following series, but was yanked after one play, a handoff.Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.