Mark Sanchez has no concerns about his broken nose - even if it means a few less magazine covers for now.
The Jets quarterback and recent GQ cover boy suffered what the team called a “minor break’’ in his nose Sunday, but he has already been cleared to practice this week without limitations and play in New York’s next game at Baltimore.
“It feels a lot better now, and we’ll just worry about it after the season,’’ Sanchez said yesterday. during a radio appearance. “It’s no big deal.’’
It was the first time Sanchez broke his nose and said it “felt weird for a little bit.’’ He was hit in the face on a sack by Oakland’s Kamerion Wimbley in the third quarter, had his nose reset on the sideline and finished by wearing a visor on his helmet, something he’ll do for at least the next few games.
“We’ll take it game by game,’’ Sanchez said. “We play in the elements out here, so I don’t know how well a visor holds up. I’ve never even thought about wearing a visor before. We’ll take it game by game, but I’m not worried about it either way.’’
He’s also not concerned about the cosmetic ramifications of the injury, even after appearing on the cover of the September issue of GQ. The magazine included several photos of the bare-chested quarterback, who was razzed by his teammates and other players around the league.
“I mean, if it’s a cosmetic thing, I don’t really care,’’ Sanchez said. “I’ll break my nose every game as long as we’re going to win. I don’t care about that. It’s not a big deal.’’
Sanchez also stood up for his coach after Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath suggested during a radio interview that Rex Ryan is making his team overconfident, which helped lead to its loss Sunday at Oakland. Ryan said Monday that he wouldn’t change who is because of Namath’s opinion, and added that the former Jets star “doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside.’’
“I respect Joe Namath to the fullest,’’ Sanchez said. “He’s the most notable Jet of all time, the ultimate Jet, and I can understand why he would criticize the team like that, and I kind of see where he’s coming from as an outsider’s perspective. But you’ve got to understand that in this building, these guys prepare their tails off.’’
Sanchez acknowledged some mistakes he made in the Jets’ 34-24 loss, including a costly interception after Jeremy Kerley had a long punt return that put New York deep in Oakland territory.
“It wasn’t a matter of preparation,’’ he said of the defeat.
And as far as Ryan’s brash attitude, Sanchez added: “We wouldn’t have it any other way, and that’s the way it is.’’
Sanchez also brushed off comments former Jets linebacker Jason Taylor made to a Miami television station that he thinks Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has more talent than his former New York teammate.
“He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,’’ Sanchez said of Taylor, who spent last season with the Jets. “He’s saying the right thing. That’s his teammate.’’
In other Jets news, the team placed offensive lineman Robert Turner and tight end Jeff Cumberland on the season-ending injured reserve list. The Jets signed fullback-tight end Josh Baker from the practice squad and signed wide receiver Michael Campbell, defensive back Julian Posey, and tight end Martell Webb to the practice squad. New York also released linebacker Matthias Berning and defensive back Andrew Sendejo.
Slaton released The Texans released running back Steve Slaton and signed Chris Ogbonnaya from the practice squad. The 5-foot-9-inch, 209-pound Slaton was a third-round pick in 2008 and was the NFL’s top rookie rusher with 1,282 yards. He rushed for 437 yards but fumbled seven times in 2009 and was placed on injured reserve after 11 games. He had neck surgery after the season, and never regained his form. Arian Foster emerged in 2010, and Slaton was relegated to backup duty and returning kicks. Foster has been limited by a left hamstring strain this season, and 2010 second-round pick Ben Tate has topped 100 yards rushing in Houston’s first two games. Slaton has only seven carries for 20 yards this season . . . The Bills released tight end David Martin to make room to promote cornerback Terrence Wheatley from their practice squad. Martin is a 10-year veteran who was in his second season with Buffalo. He had no catches while appearing in all three games this season. Wheatley, New England’s 2008 second-round pick, appeared in only 11 games with the Patriots before being released last November . . . The Colts re-signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky a person familiar with the deal confirmed to the AP. The former UConn standout was among Indianapolis’s last cuts in camp.
California dreaming California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill designed to boost developer Anschutz Entertainment Group’s bid to build a $1.2 billion football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. The bill would expedite legal challenges to AEG’s project, sending any lawsuits over its environmental impact directly to the California Court of Appeal and bypassing the Superior Court. The appeals court would have to rule within 175 days.