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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rex Ryan has stuck up for Mark Sanchez from the start. Watching the quarterback literally throw away the Jets’ slim playoff hopes with a season-high five turnovers (including four interceptions) against Tennessee may be the final straw for New York’s coach.

Sanchez turned the ball over on the Jets’ final three possessions Monday night, the last a fumbled snap at the Tennessee 25 with 43 seconds left, and the Titans held on for a 14-10 victory that knocked New York (6-8) out of postseason contention.

Sanchez leads the league with 24 turnovers, including 17 interceptions, and has turned the ball over 50 times since the start of last season.

Ryan has confirmed that Greg McElroy will start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Around the league

STEELERS: Cornerback Ike Taylor (fractured ankle) will miss his third straight game, and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve. Pittsburgh signed former Penn State cornerback Justin King to take Van Dyke’s place on the roster. King was a fourth-round selection by St. Louis in 2008 and played five games this season in Indianapolis before being released.

BILLS: Buffalo signed starting right guard Kraig Urbik to a four-year contract extension worth $13.3 million. The Bills claimed Urbik off waivers in September 2010 after he was released by Pittsburgh. He has 26 starts at guard and center in 34 games with Buffalo. Starting receiver Donald Jones was put on the reserve/non-football illness list. The Bills not reveal the nature of the illness. He is third on the team with 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns.

SEAHAWKS: Rookie safety Winston Guy was reinstated from the suspended list by Seattle after missing the past four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Guy’s return was listed on the league’s transaction report Monday. Seattle has received a roster exemption, but Guy cannot play until he is added to the active 53-man roster.

BROWNS: Cleveland placed linebacker James-Michael Johnson and defensive back T.J. Ward on injured reserve with knee injuries. Johnson, a rookie, and Ward are starters for a defense that allows 22.1 points per game. Alec Scheiner has been named the team president. Scheiner, 39, will join the Browns after eight years with the Cowboys.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville placed defensive end Andre Branch and running back Jordan Todman on injured reserve and promoted receiver Mike Brown, linebacker Brandon Marshall and tight end Isaiah Stanback from the practice squad.

COWBOYS: A judge ordered Dallas nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an electronic monitor pending his trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge in the one-car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, a member of the practice squad.