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Jets Bench Sanchez, Will Start McElroy Vs. Chargers

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:24 AM PDT
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Jets Bench Sanchez, Will Start McElroy Vs. Chargers

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts after getting sacked by the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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Rex Ryan has benched Mark Sanchez and will start third-string quarterback Greg McElroy in the New York Jets' game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Sanchez threw four interceptions Monday night and couldn't handle a low snap with the game on the line as the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with a 14-10 loss at Tennessee.

Ryan said after the game that he wasn't ready to decide who would start against the Chargers, but chose McElroy over Sanchez and backup Tim Tebow after talking with his staff and others in the organization Tuesday.

McElroy, a seventh-round pick last year out of Alabama, helped lead the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona on Dec. 2 when Ryan pulled Sanchez from that game late in the third quarter.

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