- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mark Sanchez’s headfirst dive gave the New York Jets a big first down — and a huge scare.

Rest easy: The Sanchise isn’t seriously injured.

Sanchez might be able to play in New York’s next game after spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Jets’ 19-13 victory against Buffalo on Thursday night in Toronto. Coach Rex Ryan said an MRI exam Friday revealed the severity of the injury, which could have been much worse.

“I feel good that it sounds like he’s going to be healthy,” Ryan said. “I think that is the best news we could’ve hoped for.”

Ryan said Sanchez will wear a brace to stabilize the knee, and he is optimistic the rookie could be ready to go Dec. 13 at Tampa Bay. Since the Jets played Thursday, they have 10 days before their next game — giving Sanchez extra time to heal.

“We’ll see how he is during the week,” Ryan said, “but it was encouraging news.”

EAGLES: Receiver DeSean Jackson and three other Philadelphia players were ruled out of Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Jackson, who leads the Eagles with eight touchdowns this season, suffered a concussion in last week’s victory against Washington.

Jackson, receiver Kevin Curtis (knee), running back Brian Westbrook (concussion) and linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) were ruled out by Reid after Friday’s practice. Curtis has been out since the second week of the season.

PACKERS: Linebacker Jeremy Thompson was hospitalized for testing after suffering a neck injury in a collision with running back Kregg Lumpkin during practice.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Thompson remained conscious after the neck stinger. Thompson, a second-year player out of Wake Forest who plays primarily on special teams, missed the Packers’ first two preseason games with a shoulder stinger.

McCarthy initially would not say whether Thompson was able to move his extremities, but the Packers said Friday evening that Thompson did not experience any paralysis.

GIANTS: New York signed tight end Bear Pascoe from its practice squad for Sunday’s game against Dallas.

Pascoe takes the roster spot that opened when linebacker Antonio Pierce was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle declared running back Julius Jones ready to start again, but his backup got hurt in practice.

Coach Jim Mora said Jones has recovered from the bruised lung that kept him out of Seattle’s past two games and had him coughing up blood the week before at Arizona.

“He’s good to go,” Mora said after Jones completed a week of practice and was listed as probable to play Sunday against San Francisco (5-6).

Mora had said this week that Jones would remain the starting running back when he was cleared to play. That was even though backup Justin Forsett had two 100-yard games in the three weeks that Jones has been injured.

Then Friday, Forsett got hurt near the end of practice. He is questionable with a quadriceps injury. Mora described the injury as a “tweak.”

TEXANS: Houston defensive end Antonio Smith was fined $12,500 for a hit on Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark.

Smith was given the fine for hitting Clark away from the play on an interception return by Brian Cushing in Houston’s 35-27 loss Sunday.

Smith, in his first season with Houston after five years with Arizona, was given a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty after the play.

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