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Short-term IR for Sanchez doesn’t mean surgery won’t happen

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The most obvious implication of the decision of the Jets to use their only (for 2013) short-term injured reserve designation on quarterback Mark Sanchez is that Sanchez doesn’t need surgery now.

It doesn’t mean he won’t need surgery later.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the decision to shelve Sanchez for at least six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games means that doctors have recommended ongoing rehab, for now.  If the rehab doesn’t work, surgery may still be needed.

The current approach has risk for both the team and the player.  If rehab doesn’t work, the Jets will have wasted their short-term IR designation on a guy who won’t be able to return.  And if surgery gets delayed too long, Sanchez’s ability to find a new team in 2014 will be delayed.

“That six-week period really kind of marries up with what we’re hearing from the latest medical information or latest recommendations,” G.M. John Idzik said Saturday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  “So we decided to go that path.”

With Sanchez and the Jets, it’s been a convoluted and unpredictable path.  We’ve got a feeling there will still be a few twists, potholes, and road apples along the way.

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4 Responses to “Short-term IR for Sanchez doesn’t mean surgery won’t happen”
  1. crp63 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:08 AM

    I swear I’ve never seen such a sackless organization.Pay him his salary and cut him…grow a set and be done with it.

  2. gtman21 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:45 AM

    I think they should keep mark on the bench for now let the other QB play he’s doing a good job

  3. 1pwrightt says: Sep 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    The Jets can’t make up there mind on anything. Can’t decide on a QB. Can’t decide if surgery is needed. Here, I will make a decision. The Jets suck!

  4. thegonz13 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:39 AM

    I will never ever ever ever understand why the Jets moved up in the draft to grab Sanchez, a guy who had only one season as a starter in college.

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