Sanchez says he ‘absolutely’ could return to Jets

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In an ironic twist, the Jets could actually use Sanchez in a big way at this point. He looked mostly solid during the summer in Marty Mornhinweg’s system before the injury.

“It’s just tearing me up that I can’t play for him,” Sanchez said.

Smith is struggling mightily with one touchdown and 10 interceptions in his last six games, but the only other options are inexperienced backup Matt Simms and veteran David Garrard, who hasn’t played a regular-season game since 2010.

Through it all, Sanchez focuses only on getting back on the field.

“This could be a blessing in disguise,” he said. “A lot of people have told me that. It’s hard to see that while you’re going through it, but it does give you a different perspective.”

NOTES: Sanchez created a stir on Twitter last week when a picture of him wearing his hair in corn rows surfaced. He said it was the result of losing a bet to a friend, and chose the corn rows _ which he had for only a few days and were gone Tuesday _ over shaving his head or dying his hair. “It was pretty bad,” he said. “It was ugly.” … Jets owner Woody Johnson was nominated by the team for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award, presented by the league and USAA for “commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.” … Backup LB Troy Davis was placed on season-ending injured reserve after sustaining a chest injury against the Ravens that kept him hospitalized overnight Sunday for observation.

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