Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John O

New York Jets owner says he won't cut Mark Sanchez

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez injured his shoulder in a preseason game. That has solved the quarterback competition. The Jets owner made comments that suggested he was responsible for the injury

“I wished he hadn’t gotten hurt, but you’ve got to protect yourself, too,” Johnson said at a Super Bowl XLVIII promotion in Manhattan.

That had some thinking that the Jets were considering releasing him. Sanchez right now is a back up making $8.25 million in guaranteed money.

“Mark will be on the team; I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Johnson.

“We’re not looking at that,” he said. “We’re looking at Mark continuing to rehab. We said it’s day to day. It’s very unpredictable. … Hopefully, we’ll get him back here soon.”

One thing is clear, Sanchez has gone from franchise quarterback to quarterback competition.

“He’s a very, very good quarterback,” Johnson said. “Franchise quarterback, you can debate the term. There’s a competition for the job, and he’s still in the competition.”

Sanchez was hurt following a game plan from coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik.

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