Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez underwent an MRI exam today, and it revealed a sprained patellar cruciate ligament (PCL), according to coach Rex Ryan. He didn't reveal the severity of the sprain but said he's optimistic Sanchez will be ready to face the Bucs in nine days. He stopped short of saying it's a done deal, though.
"We'll see how he progresses," Ryan said.
Sanchez was injured while diving for a first down in Thursday night's 19-13 victory over the Bills, incurring the wrath of his coach, who called him a "knucklehead" for not heeding coaches' pleas to slide. After the game, there was concern about Sanchez among teammates, some thinking he was lost for the season.
Ryan seemed confident the entire time, saying he didn't expect it to be serious. But he didn't know for sure until the MRI.
"It was encouraging news," Ryan said.