NFL Week 8

Notes: Jets coach Rex Ryan sticks with Mark Sanchez

Some Jets fans don’t want any more fumbling around, they want Tim Tebow instead of Mark Sanchez (above).
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Some Jets fans don’t want any more fumbling around, they want Tim Tebow instead of Mark Sanchez (above).

Changes might be coming for the New York Jets.

Mark Sanchez losing his starting job won’t be among them.

Rex Ryan again stood by his quarterback Monday despite Sanchez’s struggles in an ugly mistake-filled 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday that left the Jets coach searching for answers and fans chanting for Tim Tebow to take over.


‘‘I think Mark’s our guy,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.’’

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There’s no question, though, that the Jets (3-5) need to figure things out, and quick. They have games at Seattle and St. Louis after their bye-week break, followed by a home game Thanksgiving night against New England.

Ryan originally planned to have the players report to the facility Monday and Tuesday, but decided to give them the full week off to be with their families and prepare for Hurricane Sandy.

‘‘I want them to get away and when they come back, we have to be all in,’’ Ryan said during a conference call. ‘‘The only chance we have is if we are 100 percent all in. We have no wiggle room. We need to start playing a ton better.’’

Ryan will brainstorm with his coaches this week before they take a few days off, and he expects suggestions on how to fix ‘‘everything’’ from everyone on his staff.


In Philadelphia, Michael Vick remains the Eagles’ starting QB for now.

Three people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Monday night that coach Andy Reid hasn’t benched Vick.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because all announcements about the starting lineup come from Reid. There was no media access to the team Monday.

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowler, has struggled this season and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three straight games.

Surgery for Williams

The surgery Mario Williams had to fix his sprained left wrist appears to have also done plenty in repairing the Bills’ high-priced defensive end’s self-confidence.


Williams was in an upbeat mood Monday in discussing how much better he felt physically and mentally after rejoining the Bills following the team’s bye week off, and six days after having arthroscopic surgery in Alabama.

‘‘Nobody wants me to do better than me. So with this procedure, it’s definitely given me a lot of hope and a different mind-set,’’ he said. ‘‘I feel like I was stagnant. That’s why I'm very excited to have been able to go clean it out and being optimistic about things.’’

And that includes the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player declaring himself ready to play on Sunday, when the Bills travel to play the Texans, Williams’s former team.

Williams returned to Buffalo Sunday, when he visited the team’s facility for treatment.

He was held out of practice Monday with coach Chan Gailey saying the plan is for Williams to be back on the field for Wednesday’s session.

Quinn status up in air

Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night’s game at San Diego won’t be known until later in the week.

Coach Romeo Crennel said Quinn will start against the Chargers if he’s cleared to play. Otherwise, Matt Cassel will be back under center for the Chiefs.

‘‘Just depends on what the doctor tells me,’’ Crennel said. ‘‘If the doctor tells me he can go, he can go. If the doctor tells me he can’t go, he can’t go.’’

Quinn was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Raiders, though it’s unclear when the injury occurred. He was sacked by Rolando McClain and then took another shot while floating a pass that was picked by Matt Giordano.

He left the field and went down the tunnel leading to the locker rooms, and Crennel said a trainer told him at that point that Quinn had sustained a ‘‘head injury’’ and was unavailable.

Crennel said Quinn wasn’t at the practice facility Monday while he underwent tests.

Mays breaks leg

A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP that Denver linebacker Joe Mays is likely out for the season after suffering a serious injury to his lower left leg in the Broncos’ 34-14 win over the Saints.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because coach John Fox hadn’t yet addressed the media Monday. The Denver Post first reported the extent of Mays’s injury, saying he sustained a fractured fibula just above his left ankle.

Mays was injured while blocking for punt returner Trindon Holliday in the fourth quarter Sunday night when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, and he had to be helped off the field.

Mays has had a rough season since signing a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason. He was suspended for a game and docked $50,000 for an illegal hit on Houston QB Matt Schaub and lost his starting middle linebacker job two weeks ago to veteran Keith Brooking.

Pagano progresses

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.

It’s the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Pagano listened to the discussion after doctors cleared him. Pagano’s white blood-cell count has increased as he has undergone treatment for the illness. He’s scheduled to start a second round of chemotherapy next week.

Arians told reporters last week he didn’t expect Pagano back at the team facility for a while because doctors wanted to keep him in a sterile environment where he would not risk infection.

Arians said the surprise visit gave the team a boost and noted Pagano went home when he became tired.

Deadline moved

The NFL moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy. All 32 teams were notified Monday that the league’s offices would be closed through Tuesday because of the storm. So the deadline now is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin. This is the second time the trade deadline has been moved this year. After negotiations with the players’ union, the deadline was switched from after games of Week 6 to Oct. 30, after games of Week 8 . . . The hurricane forced five teams to limit access to their facilities. The Ravens, Jets, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins told players and non-football personnel to stay away from team facilities.