From combined dispatches
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan made it official: Mark Sanchez is his starting quarterback.
Ryan, who made the announcement after practice Wednesday, said early in training camp he would like to make a decision on a starter by the Jets’ third preseason game. Sanchez showed him enough in two games to beat Kellen Clemens for the job.
The No. 5 pick out of Southern Cal is set to be under center for the Jets’ opener at Houston on Sept. 13.
“I feel the best move for our franchise is to go with Mark Sanchez as our quarterback,” Ryan said, adding that it was solely his decision.
The Jets’ next preseason game is Saturday night against the Giants.
“I think Mark gives us the best opportunity to win, and I think that’s what I owe this franchise,” Ryan said.
RAVENS: Tight end L.J. Smith could miss the rest of the preseason with a pulled hamstring, and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg will miss Saturday’s game against Carolina with a shoulder injury.
Smith hurt his leg in Monday’s 24-23 win against the Jets. The team hopes to have him back for the preseason finale against Atlanta on Sept. 3, although coach John Harbaugh said Smith might not be available until the season opener against Kansas City.
Gregg also was injured against the Jets. He had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed no damage, but it’s possible Gregg will miss the final two preseason games as a precaution.
BRONCOS: With backup Chris Simms hobbled by an ankle injury, Denver moved to bolster its depth at quarterback by signing free agent Ingle Martin.
Simms suffered a high ankle sprain when pass rusher Nick Reed fell on his left ankle during the third quarter of Saturday’s 27-13 loss at Seattle.
49ERS: Shaun Hill left practice after throwing one pass but said he is fine and will be ready to play in this weekend’s preseason game against Dallas.
Hill strained his lower back during practice Tuesday and received treatment.
“It was still there today,” coach Mike Singletary said. “He probably could have pushed himself through practice, but I told him he didn’t need to do that.”
Damon Huard and rookie Nate Davis alternated at quarterback the remainder of practice.
CARDINALS: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin sat out practice with a sore right hamstring and probably will miss Arizona’s game against Green Bay on Friday night.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Boldin felt a problem with the hamstring late in practice Tuesday, but an MRI showed no serious injury.
BEARS: Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week on his right knee.
The team reported on its Web site that the procedure will be performed Friday, and coach Lovie Smith was hopeful the injury wasn’t too severe.