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Jets’ Mark Sanchez Will Start Against Baltimore, Despite Broken Nose

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Add the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez to the list of battered, high-profile NFL quarterbacks playing through injuries in 2011.

Sanchez had his nose broken on a hit to the face by Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley in the second half of the Jets’ 34-24 loss at Oakland on Sunday. He still plans to start this week against the Ravens in Baltimore, though, the Associated Press reports.

“It’s probably ‘minor’ to everybody else, but probably more than that to him,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Sanchez’s latest injury. “If we got our nose broke, we’d probably think it was more than minor. That happens. He got hit in the nose, but the thing I love about Mark is how competitive he is.”

Sanchez finished the game against Oakland wearing a protective visor, which he will wear on Sunday and until further notice. He’s not the only star quarterback currently playing through pain.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got past a fractured rib to beat the Redskins on Monday night, while Michael Vick hasn’t finished either of his two games for the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick suffered a concussion and bruised hand, against Atlanta and the New York Giants, respectively. Vick is likely to start on Sunday against San Francisco.

[Associated Press]

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