Sanchez, hurt in the team's third preseason game, is rehabilitating his injured right shoulder rather than immediately having season-ending surgery. The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed, although some published reports say it is a torn labrum.
"If we didn't think it'd be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR," Ryan said Friday. "And that's not the case."
"He's doing a great job in rehab," Ryan said, "and our doctors and our trainers are pleased."
Sanchez appeared to have an edge in the tightly contested quarterback competition after rookie
In an interview with
Ryan said he would expect any competitor to think he was winning the job, but added, "His comments about that he clearly thinks he won the competition or whatever, that's his opinion."
Indianapolis Colts starting running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season because a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Ballard was hurt making a cut in practice Thursday.
Former New York Giants star
Coach Bruce Arians said Fitzgerald "tweaked" a hamstring in practice on Wednesday.
Fitzgerald, in his 10th
Starting Seattle cornerback
Long, the second overall pick in 2008, has posted double-digit sack totals the last two seasons and has played in 81 consecutive games, the third-longest streak among defensive ends.
Tampa Bay safety