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New York Jets to Stick with Mark Sanchez at QB

December 7, 2012

By Mike Garafolo

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan insists he needed three days to gather all of the information and decide on Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback.

But Sanchez was probably never in danger of sitting Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, even after Greg McElroy led a comeback victory against the Arizona Cardinals -- and with Tim Tebow's ribs improving.

"I think he was more or less sending a message. And it's well received," Sanchez said Wednesday.

Ryan, however, declared Sanchez "in the red right now," as a warning the signal caller's three interceptions vs. the Cardinals and his overall inconsistent play wouldn't be tolerated.

The crowd at MetLife Stadium roared when backup McElroy entered the game Sunday against the Cardinals. But against the Jaguars and potentially in Week 15, Sanchez will play on the road, which will be a welcome break.

"For the guys who have been here, they know that, in the toughest circumstances, I've played my best," Sanchez said, referring to his performance down the stretch and in the playoffs of 2009 and '10.

Skelton back in the saddle: John Skelton's third stint this season as the Cardinals' starting quarterback begins Sunday at the Seattle Seahawks, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Wednesday.

Skelton takes over for Ryan Lindley, who took over for Skelton, who took over for Kevin Kolb, who took over for Skelton, who was injured in the opener against the Seahawks.

Skelton was benched after the first quarter at the Atlanta Falcons on Nov.18. Lindley completed 10 of 31 pass attempts against the Jets, but Whisenhunt didn't bench him.

So why now? "There are a number of reasons," he said. "I'm not going to get into each one of those."

Lewis practicing: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis worked with his teammates for the first time Wednesday since tearing his right triceps. He is eligible to come off injured reserve for the Dec. 16 game against the Denver Broncos.

Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2012

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