Sanchez partly tore cartilage in his right shoulder last Sunday at Pittsburgh, and on Thursday, Coach said Sanchez’s status “could” be decided at game time. Instead, Sanchez impressed Ryan enough during Friday’s practice that Ryan made his decision earlier.
“He was zipping it,” Ryan told reporters at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J. “He sent a message to all of us, mainly me, that he’s ready to go.”
Throughout his first two seasons, Sanchez has endured and played through a variety of injuries. He has missed only one game, last season at Tampa Bay. Sanchez is listed as probable on the injury report and Ryan placed his chances of playing at 90 percent, or “maybe a little over 90.”
Sanchez, in comments released by the team, said his shoulder felt better Friday than on the day before. He seemed certain that he would play. He added: “The treatment has been working. I felt better than the two days prior, and I’m going to be ready to play on Sunday.”
The Bears have already clinched the N.F.C. North division, but they will be playing for a first-round bye on Sunday at Soldier Field. The Jets will earn a playoff berth with a victory in either of their final two games or with one Jacksonville loss or one Indianapolis loss.