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No more excuses remain for Rex's Jets

Bottom line: Ryan's guarantees, upcoming schedule mean Gang can't miss playoffs

Updated: November 26, 2011, 5:14 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The questions were rolling in about Plaxico Burress' two days off, and whether they were really necessary with the team and its quarterback under duress, when Rex Ryan suddenly threw Mark Sanchez under the fuss.

It was early in the week when Ryan volunteered that his franchise player, or at least the kid drafted to be his franchise player, had received a demotion during practice for a second straight year, leaving the 40-something backup, Mark Brunell, to get a few reps with the varsity.

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