Mark Sanchez is the former face of the franchise. He could soon be a former member of the New York Jets.
The team will consider all their options regarding the beleaguered and benched quarterback in the offseason, a source told the Associated Press.
The source, who requested anonymity because the team’s personnel plans are private, told the AP that the Jets have not made any determinations involving Sanchez.
That means his status is in limbo and a trade cannot be ruled out.
He’s not alone. The futures of Tim Tebow, coach Rex Ryan, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano with the Jets also are uncertain.
Parting ways with Tebow, the immensely popular but little-used backup, appears a certainty after he came to New York amid lots of hype.
But the Jets could be hard-pressed to trade or cut Sanchez, who is due $8.25 million in guarantees next season.
“Anything dealing with the future past Buffalo (the regular-season finale) will be handled after that,” Ryan said Thursday.
Hartline’s back hurting
The Miami Dolphins could be without both starting receivers Sunday against Buffalo. Former GlenOak High School standout Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, who have combined for nearly half of Miami’s receptions, missed practice Thursday with back injuries. Bess sat out Sunday’s win over Jacksonville, and Hartline was hurt in that game. Hartline leads the team with 67 receptions and in yards receiving with 1,002. Bess has 61 catches for 778 yards.
Griffin looks set to play
Robert Griffin III looks good to go.
The Washington Redskins rookie had a full practice Thursday for the second consecutive day as the team prepares for this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I like what I see,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “If there is no setback, he should be ready to go.”
Griffin missed Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained right knee. On Wednesday, he had his first full practice since the injury, and coaches and doctors were eager to see how the knee would respond.
“There wasn’t a setback today, so that’s a good sign,” Shanahan said.
Nicks back at practice
The return of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to practice Thursday after missing the previous day with a sprained left knee could only bode well for his on-field rapport with quarterback Eli Manning. Nicks, whose 53 catches for 629 yards and three touchdowns is solid but not spectacular considering his first three years of work with the team, says he expects to be healthy enough to face the Ravens on Sunday.
Seattle puts Jones on IR
The Seattle Seahawks defensive line took a hit as the team placed defensive tackle Jason Jones on injured reserve with a lingering knee injury. The Seahawks promoted defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo from the practice squad. Jones signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks in March.
Bills lose return ace
Buffalo Bills cornerback and return specialist Leodis McKelvin was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury. Buffalo signed linebacker Kirk Morrison back to the team after releasing him on Dec. 3 after he was inactive for the first 12 games.