- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was limited at practice with an injured right calf that shouldn’t prevent him from playing in New York’s next game Sunday against Houston.

“It’s feeling OK,” Sanchez said Wednesday. “I think it’s just a really bad bruise.”

Sanchez had swelling in the calf after being injured in the third quarter last Sunday, but played well in leading the Jets to a 26-20 overtime win at Cleveland.

“Not too limited,” coach Rex Ryan said of Sanchez. “He looked good. He did almost everything.”

Sanchez said the injury was “nothing serious” and he never needed to get an MRI exam to check it out. He added that he took most of the snaps during practice.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery did not practice after suffering a slight tear in his left groin in overtime, just before making a diving catch for a first down.

“I’m not saying that he’s not going to play,” Ryan said. “He truly is a ‘Let’s wait and see what happens.’”

Cotchery, who has 29 catches for 315 yards and two touchdowns, said an MRI on Monday revealed the injury and doctors had not discussed the possibility of surgery. He was not in the locker room during media availability Wednesday.

Ryan said backup defensive back Dwight Lowery has a concussion and is going through the evaluation process.

“Right now, it’s just no contact,” Ryan said. “No nothing, really.”

Left guard Matt Slauson, who had swelling in his right knee, safety Eric Smith (ankle) and defensive back Marquice Cole (strained left hamstring) also didn’t practice. Their statuses for the game against Houston were uncertain.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson and fullback Tony Richardson were given the day off from team drills as will be the case moving forward. Ryan wants to keep Tomlinson, 31, and Richardson, 38, fresh down the stretch.

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