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Mark Sanchez Sits Out Practice

Mark Sanchez's knee kept him out of practice on Monday.

Mark Sanchez did not practice for the Jets on Monday while recovering from a sprained right knee, but coach Rex Ryan is optimistic about the rookie quarterback’s chances of playing Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Sanchez sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in the knee while diving for a first down in the 19-13 win over Buffalo on Thursday night.

"He’s so much better," Ryan said. "We thought we were going to get good news from the MRI, we did. Just the way he’s approaching his treatment and rehab and everything else, you can tell he is definitely willing. That’s for sure."

Ryan said Sanchez spent the majority of the weekend at the team’s facility rehabilitating the injury.

"Treatment, if there’s 18 hours a day, that’s what it seems like," Ryan said. "He’s been here the whole time. His spirits are good. I know he expects to play. We’re optimistic he’ll play."

I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing. Remember, we've arrived at the point where college seasons are ending. Sanchez is in uncharted waters. He isn't used to playing a game every week at this point of the year. This is the point where a lot of rookie hit the wall. This is a little extra rest.