The situation regarding Mark Sanchez’s shoulder is starting to make more sense. We think.
At one point during last night’s broadcast of the Jets-Patriots game on NFL Network, the presumption seemed to be that Sanchez will need to have surgery now or later, and that he is committed to delaying surgery via rehab so that he can be available to help his team.
You know, the same team that would have cut him by now but for being on the hook for $8.25 million this season. The same team that exposed him to the injury by inserting him into garbage time of a preseason game. (At least they won that trophy of Snoopy.)
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, surgery on Sanchez’s shoulder is not inevitable. If through rehab he can play at full strength this year and beyond, he most likely won’t need to have surgery after the season.
The source called the no-surgery outcome a “real possibility,” but acknowledged that it will be driven by whether rehab works and, more importantly, the recommendations of the doctors.So if rehab is successul, Sanchez will be available for the Jets at some point this year — and he won’t have his 2014 offseason marred by four-to-six months of rehab.
After Geno Smith’s three-pick performance in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game, the Jets may have renewed interest in getting back the man who has declared himself to be the winner of the preseason quarterback competition.