New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez injury “is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season and may be out longer,” according to a source for the New York Post. It is not too surprising considering the reports that he hasn’t even thrown a football yet. Sanchez seems to be in denial though.
“I’m trying, I’m trying,” Sanchez said about preparing for the season opener. “We’ll make a good push this week and see where I’m at. You just want to take this thing slow, take it the right way, make the right progression without reinjuring yourself.”
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.
That means that Jets fans will get to see rookie quarterback Geno Smith lead the offense in the opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Sanchez is out two weeks, Smith would also lead the team against the New England Patriots.
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.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Sanchez said. “I just got to keep rehabbing and try to come back as soon as possible.”