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Report: Multiple doctors say Sanchez shouldn’t have surgery now

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Early Friday morning, Mike Florio reported that rehab could help Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez completely avoid surgery on his injured right shoulder.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has heard something along the same lines. Mehta reports that multiple doctors have told Sanchez that he should not have surgery on the shoulder at this time. It’s not clear if those doctors are also saying that Sanchez can avoid surgery completely, but it does seem that surgery is no longer the inevitability it appeared to be earlier this week.

If doctors are advising Sanchez that he should not have surgery, it clears up the question of why Sanchez would wait to have an operation until after the season if he was going to need it either way. While he feels that he won the quarterback competition before getting hurt, Sanchez’s future is about 99.9 percent sure to be with a team other than the Jets and waiting to have surgery would only make it harder to find that gig.

Sanchez could be ready to play at some point this season, but it remains difficult to see the Jets turning back in his direction for any reason other than injury. There have been some rough moments with Geno Smith through two weeks, but there were rough moments with Sanchez as well and Smith’s a better bet to improve at this point in his career trajectory than the more experienced Sanchez.

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18 Responses to “Report: Multiple doctors say Sanchez shouldn’t have surgery now”
  1. raiderufan says: Sep 13, 2013 11:38 AM

    One Dr was heard saying “I’ll tell him anything if it means I don’t have to hear more of his practice stats”.

  2. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    How can be 99.9% sure of anything regarding Sanchez? If Smith struggles, I think Rex almost owes it to Sanchez to give him a chance to make some positive plays for any potential perspective team. If that doesn’t happen, I see the odds of Sanchez on another team at zero percent, shoulder surgery or not.

  3. marvsleezy says: Sep 13, 2013 11:57 AM

    Ever wonder what an average college QB would look like if they actually had to go against an NFLl team?

    Wonder no longer. Geno is not the long term answer.

  4. savocabol1 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Yeah but what does RGIII’s personal doctor have to say?

  5. grndizzle says: Sep 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    Hate him all you want but Sanchez gives the Jets a better chance then Geno does.

  6. scaredhitless says: Sep 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    He should rehab so he can throw to the piles of steaming dung disguised as Jets wide receivers. Yes I’m talking about Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill.

  7. pudgalvin says: Sep 13, 2013 12:30 PM

    Mort’s gonna call someone a liar for this.

  8. rdrs68 says: Sep 13, 2013 12:30 PM

    and how many of these Doctors have actually examined the patient and how many are just offering general opinions?

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    Also, 8 out of 10 doctors recommended he shave that stuff off his face and lose the ridiculous headband.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    The shoulder should heal on it’s own. The facial moles would require estensive surgery, which could stretch into a multi year process.

  11. 23chameleons says: Sep 13, 2013 12:44 PM

    It would only take 1 hit for Sanchez to become the starter if he could get himself healthy. Smith’s awareness in the pocket and late decisions to pull it down and run increase that likelihood.

  12. whatnojets says: Sep 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    A lot of people claim to be “Doctors”:

    1) Witch Doctor
    2) Voodoo Doctor
    3) Indian Medicine “Doctor”
    4) People with PHD all claim to be “Doctors”

    the list goes on and on……..

    But a real “Doctor” is one that studied and passed his/her medical boards…and some of those should NOT be even be called “Doctors”!!!

  13. pisano says: Sep 13, 2013 12:55 PM

    He should definitely think about the surgery now, because his future is not with the New York Jets. I feel they have made it more than clear he is not in their plans. So if he has the surgery now, he should be ready to go by 2014, and maybe another team will pick him up. He should think along the lines of another team, definitely not the New York Jets. Whether they stay with Geno, or Matt Simms, or another quarterback, it definitely won’t be Sanchez.

  14. 1oldpro says: Sep 13, 2013 12:59 PM

    So, multiple doctors are ones who work on a player’s multiples? That is a nasty job!

  15. jetsareajoke says: Sep 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    I’m not a doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once and also feel he should forego surgery. If he gets surgery and heals before the season ends, he may have to play for the jests again to earn that $8.25 mil.

    I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

  16. scrp2 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:33 PM

    Looking at the Jets offensive line situation, Sanchez will clearly opt for vacation.. err surgery.

  17. xcerebus1 says: Sep 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    Probably all Jets fans……..

  18. cliverush says: Sep 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    A seminar held doctors from Brigham and Women’s in Boston flatly stated that this type of injury never heals completely without surgery. They were speaking to a room full of every day people who suffered from this injury. Young and old agreed that none of them had fully recovered although many had been advised they would. The new procedure insures success but the recovery is 9mo. or more.

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