Jets deem Sanchez's shoulder good enough to go vs. Bears

CHICAGO -- New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is active for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Sanchez was limited in practice after injuring his right shoulder early in last week's 22-17 win at Pittsburgh. He played well in that game, going 19-of-29 passing for 170 yards to stop an eight-game interception streak. He also ran for a touchdown.

Jets coach Rex Ryan at first said there was a 90 percent chance Sanchez would play, but downgraded the odds Thursday after seeing little zip on the quarterback's passes. A good practice Friday, however, eased any concerns.

Jets safety Eric Smith will sit out his second consecutive game because of a concussion.

The Bears have all their key players available, with linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa active after missing the past three games because of a knee injury. He will back up Nick Roach.

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