Ryan: Sanchez remains Jets QB

Saints QB Drew Brees leaves the field with the football he threw to eclipse Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Saints QB Drew Brees leaves the field with the football he threw to eclipse Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. (HARRY HOW / Getty Images)
Posted: October 10, 2012

Mark Sanchez will remain the New York Jets' starting quarterback despite calls for the team to insert backup Tim Tebow following successive losses.

Asked Tuesday on a conference call with reporters if Sanchez will start the Oct. 14 home game against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Rex Ryan responded: "Yes, no question."

Sanchez's 48.4 completion percentage ranks last in the National Football League and is the worst of his four-year professional career. His 208.6 yards passing per game rank him 26th among the league's 32 starting quarterbacks.

The Jets, 2-3 this season, lost at home to the undefeated Houston Texans, 23-17, Monday night and to the San Francisco 49ers, 34-0, in Week 4.

Cushing out for season

Linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn left knee ligament, leaving the unbeaten Houston Texans without their top tackler and one of their emotional leaders.

Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans' win over the New York Jets on a low block by guard Matt Slauson. Cushing walked off the field on his own, but didn't return.

Penalties reissued

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down new discipline to four players in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.

There are no changes to the full-season suspension for New Orleans linebacker Jon Vilma or the four-game suspension for Saints defensive end Will Smith.

The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games, while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita is now docked one game, down from three.

On to the Hall

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipse Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees broke the record with a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson during a 31-24 victory over San Diego on Sunday night, marking Brees' 48th straight game with a scoring pass, a streak that began on Oct. 18, 2009, in a victory over the New York Giants.

Moving the chains

Kevin Faulk, the New England Patriots' career leader in all-purpose yards, retired after two injury-plagued seasons. . . . The Washington Redskins released struggling kicker Billy Cundiff and replaced him with free agent Kai Forbath. . . . Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras was recently released from a California hospital after having kidney failure so he could spend his final days with family in Los Angeles.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

 

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