Jets starters will play beyond first quarter vs. Giants, Ryan says

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Mark Sanchez and the rest of the New York Jets' starters will have some extra time to shake off their offseason rust.

Coach Rex Ryan said Saturday that his starters on offense and defense will play a little past the first quarter in the Jets' preseason opener against the New York Giants on Monday night in the opening game at New Meadowlands Stadium.

"Because we've had such a long time off, that's probably what we'll do," Ryan said.

Sanchez is looking forward to the game, his first since he had the patella-stabilizing ligament in his left knee repaired in February. He said he hasn't had any problems with it during training camp and is eager to test his knee in a game situation.

"I want to hopefully get hit, not blindsided or anything," Sanchez said. "Take a little shot here or there after a play. It's good. It will be fine."

The game also will feature the Jets debuts for several new players, including running back LaDainian Tomlinson, defensive end/linebacker Jason Taylor, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

"The dog days of camp start to set in, you're ready to move on and play a different uniform," Sanchez said. "We're excited to see the fans in our home stadium that first night. It'll be good for all of us."

Holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis likely won't be there after missing his 14th day of camp. The All-Pro is holding out in a contract dispute with the team, and he wants to become the league's highest-paid cornerback. Revis is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal.

Ryan ruled out linebackers Josh Mauga (concussion) and Brashton Satele (ankle) for the game. Mauga was injured after taking a hard hit in practice from fullback John Conner, who's nicknamed "The Terminator."

Conner is among the young players Ryan wants to see in a game setting, as are running back Joe McKnight, fullback Jason Davis, linebackers Kenwin Cummings and Lance Laury, and cornerback Brian Jackson.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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