New York Jets quarterback is required to have surgery on his throwing arm.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is set to be ruled out for the rest of the NFL season after scans showed a labral tear in his right shoulder.
The play-caller suffered the injury late in the side’s pre-season game against the New York Giants as he played behind a second-team offensive line.
Despite this, Sanchez looked on the cusp of claiming the starting role for the first week of the season having played well enough to edge out rookie Geno Smith.
However, the injury to Sanchez with 11 minutes remaining in a pre-season fixture has seen some criticism leveled at coach Rex Ryan, as to why he wished risking his first-string quarterback in a pre-season game of no real importance.
Sanchez could attempt to rehab the shoulder in the hope of playing some time this season but would still need surgery at the end of the year.
The Jets’ hand might be forced after Smith secured his first win as he helped the side defeat Tampa Bay 18-17 in the first round of the season.
The rookie led a late drive aided by a key penalty for the winning score. He did have a fumble that led to a score and an interception, but was solid for the most part and finished 24 of 38 for 256 yards and a touchdown while leading the team with 47 yards rushing.
The Jets visit the New England Patriots on Thursday night.