NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Call it optimistic or delusions of grandeur, Rex Ryan insists it’s realistic that Mark Sanchez could recover in time from a shoulder injury to play for the New York Jets this season.
Sanchez, hurt in the team’s third preseason game, is rehabilitating his shoulder rather than immediately having season-ending surgery. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed, although some published reports say it is a torn labrum. He threw passes left-handed before the Jets’ 13-10 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.
In an interview with NFL Network before the game, Sanchez said he was disappointed by the injury because he felt he undoubtedly beat out rookie Geno Smith for the starting job.
Ryan, during a conference call Friday, says he never declared a winner and that Sanchez’s comments are simply “his opinion.”
On the conference call Ryan said there’s “frustration” over his team turning the ball over four times and not being able to pull out a victory over the New England Patriots.
Ryan also pointed to the “way too many” dropped passes — at least six of them — in the Jets’ 13-10 loss on Thursday night. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith also threw three fourth-quarter interceptions, but Ryan says in a conference call Friday that he was impressed by the fact Smith showed poise throughout a rough performance.
Ryan says Nick Mangold’s dive at Aqib Talib’s legs near the sideline that set off a skirmish at the end of the game wasn’t intentional. Mangold and fellow offensive linemen Willie Colon and D’Brickashaw Ferguson — both ejected — could face league discipline.
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