Posted September 14, 2013

Jets place Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve

AFC East, New York Jets, Uncategorized
Mark Sanchez is out of the picture in the short term. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mark Sanchez is out of the picture in the short term. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have gone back and forth on the matter of what to do with Mark Sanchez ever since he suffered a labral tear in his right shoulder against the New York Giants in an Aug. 24 preseason game. There had been rumors about Sanchez getting season-ending surgery after consulting with Dr. James Andrews about his shoulder, and just as many people opining that Sanchez was happy with his rehab process and was looking to return sooner than later.

Finally, on Saturday, the Jets announced a compromise. Sanchez was placed on the league’s Injured Reserve, Designated to Return list. He will be eligible to return to practice after six weeks, and he can be placed on the active roster eight weeks from now. The earliest he could potentially see the field would be Nov. 17 against the Buffalo Bills, the week after the team’s bye.

“If we didn’t think it was realistic that Mark would get back on the field, we’d put him on injured reserve, and that’s not the case,” Rex Ryan said on Friday when he was asked about Sanchez’s progress. “He’s doing a great job in rehab. Our doctors and trainers are pleased.”

Sanchez had said that he won the quarterback competition with Geno Smith at the time of his injury, which Ryan refuted to a point.

“That’s his opinion. It’s not about a company line,” Ryan said Friday. “If that’s what he said, that’s his opinion. Again, there is that ongoing competition. I never said he won the competition.”

Sanchez is due an $8.5 million salary in 2013, and that’s guaranteed no matter what happens. The Jets can more easily offload the rest of the onerous five-year, $58.25 million contract extension he signed in March, 2012. He’s due a $2 million roster bonus, and in the end, the current posturing between the two sides is mere preamble to Sanchez’s inevitable release before that roster bonus comes due.

Smith threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in the Jets’ 13-10 Thursday loss to the New England Patriots, but looked fairly consistent in his regular-season debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an 18-17 last-second win for the Jets.

Sanchez has completed 1,028 passes in 1,867 attempts for 12,092 yards, 68 touchdowns, and 69 interceptions in his NFL career. The Jets, under the auspices of new general manager John Idzik, selected Smith in the second round of the 2013 draft.

8 comments
Bigwhazoo
Bigwhazoo

He should take his 8 million and put a life size card board cut out on the side line instead. Have one the other several quarterbacks move it up around.

me1
me1

He should sit back and collect the 8 million. Buy a house, some acres, a new car and sit back. There is absolutely NO reason he should ever risk further injury for the Jets. No other team will pick his contract up. He is not a good enough to be starting QB...but he can be a backup.

OffshoreInsiders.com
OffshoreInsiders.com

So he gets replaced by a younger, just as lousy version of him. Six of one....

CitySportsBan
CitySportsBan

Mark Sanchez got a raw deal. It's one thing to decide to move on, but the way this has been handled is ridiculous. Rex Ryan is all over the place with this. GM Idzik is calling the shots. Geno has shown some positives in 2 games thus far, so there's hope. 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Wow, the Jets have managed to screw this situation up as badly as possible. The moment they drafted Smith they should have either traded Sanchez if there was any sucker willing to give them a used jock strap for him. If not, release him. Now they are flushing $8 million down the drain thanks to the toe-sucker's inexplicable insertion of Sanchez late into a pre-season game.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

If I were Sanchez, I would gladly sit out the year and try to come back/play for a different team next year. The kid isn't great, but he had a few quality seasons before Ryan and the circus destroyed any and all confidence he had. He's taking the high road and trying to be supportive of Smith and be a team player but he has been put through the wringer last year with the Tebow mess and this year with the Smith mess and the way he was hung out to dry (and get injured) in that preseason debacle. Ryan is a pig and Sanchez should get as far away from the Jets as possible. 

drmuon
drmuon

Why are the Jets such a huge mess?

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@drmuon because they have a moron for a coach and morons in ownership who refuse to act. the NY Rangers were in the same boat for the last 4 years, thankfully they finally woke up, Jets, not so much.