New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is still trying to recover from the shoulder injury and could miss at least the first two weeks of the season. That will force rookie Geno Smith into the starting line up. That means Smith would face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots in the first two weeks.
The Post cited a source as saying “the doctors don’t want Sanchez to try to throw too soon and make his injury worse.” Doctors are worried that he could do further damage to his shoulder and miss more time. For now the Jets aren’t putting Sanchez on injured reserve.
His former teammate LaDanian Tomlinson thinks it is the beginning of the end for Sanchez.
“I don’t think Mark will be a starter again in the NFL,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said on “Mad Dog Radio” on SiriusXM. “I think there’s certainly potential for him to be a backup and then get a starting job for half the year or what have you that way. But I think his days as a full-time starter are pretty much over. Because you’ve got to realize in football, for a quarterback, you’re going to get 3 to 5 years in an organization to prove that you’re the franchise guy. I mean that’s just what it is. And if you don’t do it in that time frame then they’re going to move on to somebody else and then your position now will become a backup.”
The Jets could be considering releasing Mark Sanchez which would probably come after the trade deadline so he would hit waivers and a desperate team might pick him up lowering his impact on their salary cap this year and next year.
If the Jets released Sanchez they would still owe him $8.25 million and he’d count $12.8 million against the salary cap this year and $4.8 million next season.