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Sanchez says calf won’t keep him from playing Sunday

Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com reports Mark Sanchez’s injured right calf didn’t keep him off the field against the Cleveland Browns. And the starting quarterback for the New York Jets doesn’t expect that to change this Sunday when the Houston Texans invade the Meadowlands to take on Gang Green.

“[My calf] feels good,” said Sanchez, who was at Club H Fitness in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday afternoon to promote a new, sensory activated fitness video game for the Xbox 360 called “Your Shape.”

“Did you see my workout? I’ve been doing calf exercises on there to rehab.”

Sanchez injured his right calf after he was sacked in the third quarter of the Jets’ 26-20 overtime victory over the Browns. But he remained in the game, eventually throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 16 seconds remaining in the extra period.

“After the trainers looked at it and determined it wasn’t a serious ligament injury or a knee injury, they were going to leave it up to me as far as pain tolerance [was concerned],” Sanchez said. “And once they left it up to me, I knew I was going to go back in.”

On the team plane ride back to New York after the game, Sanchez was given ice to suppress the swelling and the training staff later went over his calf with a stimulation machine.

“The trainers did a great job,” Sanchez said. “I’m feeling a lot better already.”


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