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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Mark Sanchez says he's all right

By Jane McManus
ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- After a 45-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, a game in which he was sacked four times, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said he was feeling all right.

Sanchez even needed to be helped off the field at one point by center Nick Mangold. The lineman held up his quarterback, who seemed to be in discomfort as his right arm hung down at his side.

"I just took a good hit," Sanchez said.

After a long talk with the trainers and a shoulder and neck massage, Sanchez returned to the game. But even though the soreness eventually faded during the game, Sanchez and his Jets weren't ever fully in it.

"I know he was able to come back," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "He never wanted to come out of the game, even at the end when we had (Mark) Brunell in there, Mark (Sanchez) wanted to go back in. I think he's fine, but I'm not sure what the extent of that injury was."

As a team, the Jets took a pretty big hit as well. The mantra for the team since a Week 11 loss in Denver has been to treat every game like the playoffs. Instead, the Jets were dissected as completely by the Eagles as they had been by the Patriots in a 45-3 loss last season. Ryan even joked he might bury the ball.

The numbers were bad for his third-year quarterback. Sanchez was 15-for-26 for 150 yards and a fumble. After two games without an interception, Sanchez had two against the Eagles. To be fair, the first went through Santonio Holmes' gloves before being grabbed by Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

"We just really hurt ourselves tonight, and whether it was in fumbles, or interceptions, or me fumbling, you know we can't do it," Sanchez said. "I know we're better than that. I know that when we put points on the board, our defense is excited and they'll get us the ball right back like they did a couple of times tonight and we need to capitalize."

Jane McManus covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.