A knee injury suffered by New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Sunday left coach Rex Ryan sounding a little equivocal on Monday regarding Sanchez’s availability for the league’s annual regular-season foray to Toronto for a Bills home game.
On Tuesday, there’s no ambiguity.
Ryan says Sanchez will play.
“Yes, absolutely,” Ryan said in comments distributed by the team.
“We had him rolling to his left quite a bit at the end of practice. I think he looks great. Again, the injury, when I say it’s a tweak, that’s really what it was. He tweaked his knee. I think he’s fine.”
Perhaps a bigger problem than the knee is the opponent. The last time the Jets played the Bills, Sanchez threw five interceptions.
Predictably, Ryan sees the glass as ten-percent full.
“He went through that and I think he is a better quarterback now than he was then,” Ryan said. “You play this game long enough, bad things are going to happen to you unfortunately. I think he’s growing in the fact that he understands what we want from him. Don’t force the issue. If it’s not there, then find something else to do with the football. Check it down. Throw the incompletion. Run with it. Take a sack. Anything is better than forcing the ball in particular times and I know he learned from that.”
Since it happened barely more than six weeks ago, we’re not sure how much Sanchez has learned. We’ll all find out on Thursday night.