After a dismal performance from Geno Smith in the New York Jets’ third preseason game against the New York Giants, it seemed as though Mark Sanchez was destined to win the Jets starting quarterback job. That was right up until Sanchez injured his shoulder in garbage time in the fourth quarter playing behind a reserve offensive line.
Smith won the job and Sanchez has been out ever since. Now Sanchez may be facing surgery to repair his injured shoulder.
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com, Dr. James Andrews has diagnosed a labral tear in Sanchez’s throwing shoulder that will likely require surgery. Sanchez is apparently still mulling the decision over of whether to have surgery or attempt to rehab the shoulder. Surgery will likely end Sanchez’s season.
Even if he elects to rehab the shoulder, surgery could still become a necessity. Sanchez told Mortensen via text that “If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office. I would’ve stayed and got the surgery.”
However, it certainly appears to be setting up as a completely lost season for Sanchez. Even if he can play through the injury, the Jets are now committed to Smith as their starter.