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Plaxico Burress: Mark Sanchez battled injuries for Jets

Plaxico Burress says there is a reason why his former team, the New York Jets, didn't throw many vertical passes last year: Mark Sanchez was battling an unknown shoulder injury.

"He definitely has enough arm," Burress told WFAN-AM in New York on Monday, via ESPN.com. "He was battling some injuries last year, shoulder-wise that a lot of people didn't know about ... different things like that. But I think he really turned a corner."

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Sanchez never was on the Jets' injury report for a shoulder injury. Then again, the Jets never revealed how hurt Brett Favre's shoulder really was at the end of the 2008 season, either. Sanchez was known to have a neck injury late in the season, but the Jets' inability to throw deep was a season-long problem.

A cynical observer could point out that Burress' comments on Sanchez help to excuse the receiver's lack of big plays in 2011. It also could be a way to ingratiate himself back with a Jets organization that has no interest in bringing back the free agent. (Even though the Jets need receiver help.)

Burress has to be wondering if he's going to find a job again.

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