Mark Sanchez doesn't push it in practice

Updated: January 1, 2011, 5:31 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Nursing a sore shoulder, Mark Sanchez practiced Friday, but the New York Jets' quarterback didn't make many hard throws and even threw left-handed toward the end of the practice the media were able to watch.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez will start this week against Buffalo, although he also said Sanchez wouldn't play the entire game.

"Well, we never asked him to do much in practice today," Ryan said. "We really didn't. We were giving a lot of opportunities to [Mark] Brunell and Kellen Clemens. It's not that he did anything bad. We were just giving those other guys opportunities."

The Jets already have clinched a playoff spot and are a virtual lock to be the No. 6 seed and play their first postseason game on the road.

In the past two weeks, Ryan has gone back and forth about whether he would start Sanchez, who has been visibly bothered by his right shoulder during games and practices.

An MRI exam showed some cartilage damage, according to a source, which could be cumulative and not the result of a fall Sanchez took while scrambling in the Dec. 19 game against Pittsburgh.

Immediately after last week's loss to the Bears, Ryan said he was leaning toward sitting Sanchez, but he backtracked a little on Monday and completely changed his stance Thursday after the quarterback had a strong practice.

The Jets have their longest injury list of the season for the finale. Right tackle Damien Woody (knee) and safety James Ihedigbo (knee and ankle) are out.

Defensive end Shaun Ellis (back) and safety Eric Smith (concussion) are doubtful.

Listed as questionable are cornerbacks Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Antonio Cromartie (groin), defensive tackle Sione Pouha (back) and defensive end Trevor Pryce (hip). Ryan said there is a good chance he might rest his cornerbacks Sunday.

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. ESPN.com's John Clayton and ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo contributed to this report.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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