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Mark Sanchez to start next game for Jets

The rookie quarterback from USC will open against the Ravens in a nationally televised exhibition on Aug. 24.

August 17, 2009|Associated Press

Quarterback Mark Sanchez, coming off an impressive NFL debut, will start the New York Jets' preseason game at Baltimore next week.

Coach Rex Ryan announced Sunday that Sanchez, a rookie from USC, would open under center against the Ravens in the nationally televised game on Aug. 24. Ryan previously determined that Kellen Clemens would start the preseason opener against St. Louis on Friday and the two would flip-flop against Baltimore.

Sanchez came into the 23-20 loss with 28 seconds left in the first quarter, and threw a 48-yard pass to David Clowney on his opening play. He completed three of four passes for 88 yards in one series.

"I think he earned the reps with the ones and all that," Ryan said. "It might have been done on paper that way in pencil, but he had to earn it. The guy had to earn his reps, and I think he's done that. Without question, he's done that."

Clemens, entering his fourth season, was four for four for 24 yards and was sacked once -- and lost a fumble -- in two series.

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Tears for Vick

Michael Vick says he cried in prison because of the guilt he felt about being involved in dogfighting.

In an interview with "60 Minutes," Vick said the day he walked into prison he realized "the magnitude of the decisions that I made."

"And, you know, it's no way of, you know, explaining, you know, the hurt and the guilt that I felt. And that was the reason I cried so many nights. And that put it all into perspective," he said.

A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring and was reinstated last month by the NFL after being out of action since 2006. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

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Clayton waived

The San Francisco 49ers waived running back Thomas Clayton, two days after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter against Denver.

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Grossman out

Houston's Rex Grossman is expected to miss a month because of a hamstring injury.

Grossman, Houston's third quarterback and the former Chicago Bears starter, was injured Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Kicker to sit

New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley plans to serve a four-game suspension when the regular season begins because he tested positive for a banned stimulant.

Hartley said he obtained the Adderall prescription pills from a college friend and used them to stay awake while driving at night from Dallas to New Orleans for an off-season workout.

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