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If Tomlinson's out, it's more pressure on Sanchez

Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:47 am
Edited on: November 27, 2011 9:48 am
Tomlinson could miss his second straight game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

LaDainian Tomlinson missed the Jets' last game with a knee injury -- a loss to the Broncos 10 days ago -- and it looks like he won't play Sunday against the Bills, either. With Shonn Greene coming off a rib injury, that leaves very little depth at running back for New York in their get-together with the Bills.

That very lack of depth crippled the offense in Denver, where quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled to put the team on his shoulders and take over when the Jets needed him. Instead, he threw a third-quarter pick-six and looked uncomfortable in the pocket for most of the evening.

So no what? Well, the Jets, 5-5, might be on a two-game losing streak and need to win out to get into the playoff conversation, but the Bills are in much worse shape. They may share the same 5-5 record, but in three weeks Buffalo has gone from one of the AFC's best teams to one of its worst.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan, clear on where things stand 11 weeks into the season, gave some of the first-team practice reps to backup Mark Brunell earlier this week, presumably in an effort to motivate Sanchez. It's something Ryan has done before and Sanchez responded by playing well down.

NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Sunday morning that Sanchez looked good in practice in recent days, which is a positive sign for the Jets. Whether it's enough to make up for the lack of depth in the backfield, or to reel off six games in a row remains to be seen.

After a tough loss to the Broncos last week, the New York Jets hope to bounce back as they prepare to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.'s Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz have the preview. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.

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Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:25 pm

If Tomlinson's out, it's more pressure on Sanchez

What will the Jets do without LT????  Give me a break.  He's not even their best RB.  Relax!

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