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Question of the Day
Well, at least in a few months.
Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks while he recovers from an injured right shoulder.
“As far as making a decision that’s best for the team and best for my medical health, we’re all on the same page,” Sanchez said during a conference call. “I’ll come back, hopefully, in eight weeks and be ready to play.”
Sanchez injured his right shoulder after replacing rookie Geno Smith in the fourth quarter of the team’s third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.
Sanchez acknowledged that surgery is a possibility, but doctors are encouraged by his rehab so far. Some fans and media have suggested that Sanchez should have the surgery immediately, since it seems inevitable that he will need to do so. But the quarterback called those opinions “laughable” since that’s not what the doctors have told him.
“They’ve said, `Hey, you’re doing the right thing,’” Sanchez said. “So, unless everybody is lying and everybody has it out to get me, I think we’re OK.”
The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed by either Sanchez or the team, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum. Sanchez has been throwing passes left-handed during practices and was doing the same Thursday night before the team’s 13-10 loss to New England.
General manager John Idzik pointed out that Sanchez had a similar injury to his right shoulder in 2010, and didn’t miss any time. That’s why the team took an initial “day-to-day” approach before making this decision. Sanchez was examined by the team doctors, Dr. James Andrews and consulted with several others in the last week.
“After weighing all those, the consensus was that this was the proper thing to do,” Idzik said.
By placing him on the IR-designated for return, Sanchez must miss the next six weeks of practice but can rehab with the team at the Jets‘ facility and take part in team meetings. He won’t be able to play until after the Jets‘ 10th game. The earliest Sanchez could be back is Nov. 17 at Buffalo, following the Jets‘ bye week.
“I’m going to do everything I can to play and compete, like I always have,” Sanchez said when asked if he feels he’s entitled to being the starter when he returns. “And, I expect to play. That’s just the way I am.
“I’m expecting to be the starter. I always have been.”
Teams can place only one player on short-term IR per season. On Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it was very possible that Sanchez could be back.
“If we didn’t think it’d be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR,” Ryan said Friday. “And that’s not the case.”
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