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Mark Sanchez's shoulder 'feeling good'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As the New York Jets prepare to face the New England Patriots in an AFC divisional game, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said his injured right shoulder has dramatically improved.

"Honestly, it feels the best it's felt in three, four weeks," Sanchez said. "I [fully practiced] today for the first time in a while, and that was huge. We know it's getting better and that's the most important thing is week by week it's getting better so I'll be ready to go."

Jets coach Rex Ryan listed Sanchez as practicing fully. Sanchez hit a low point with the injury after the Bears game, when he was visibly bothered by it and said it was "very sore." Asked how bad it had been, Sanchez deflected the question.

"It's feeling good now and that's the most important thing," Sanchez said. "Nothing our trainers can't handle."

In Saturday's win over the Indianapolis Colts, Sanchez overthrew many balls in the first half. The Jets won the game on the strength of the run. Sanchez said he didn't think the early misses were the result of the injury, but more an off game that can happen at anytime.

"I think I was just not throwing the ball very well," Sanchez said. "Some days you're off or you've got to finds a way to make it work. And I think we did that just getting completions underneath, being smart, taking our shots when we got them and giving our guys a chance, and that was the most important thing. It wasn't the best throw in the world to Braylon [Edwards] and I'm not afraid to admit that, and he made a really good catch. However it has to happen, we won the game and we're in the divisional round and that's the most important thing."

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.