Quarterback given an outside chance of playing again this season.
New York Jets first-string quarterback Mark Sanchez has not had his season written off just yet after the club placed him on the the short-term injury reserve list.
Reports suggested Sanchez needed surgery on his right shoulder after injuring it in the final few minutes of the Jets’ final pre-season game.
It appeared all over for Sanchez in 2013 after the team indicated they had no intention of putting him on injured reserve, only to change their mind just before week two began.
After being diagnosed with a labral tear in his throwing shoulder, Sanchez said he will take a non-surgical approach to his rehabilitation in a bid to play some part in the Jets season.
By rule, Sanchez can return to practice in six weeks and is eligible to play in Week 11 against the Bills. Because of the bye in Week 10, he’ll miss only a minimum of seven games.
Sanchez is planning to rehab at the Jets’ facility.
The designated-for-return rule, instituted last year, allows teams to bring back one player around mid-season from the IR list.
“Listen, surgery has been a possibility in any of these injuries, but the most important thing to know from all these doctors is, we’re all on the same page and I’ve heard the same thing – my rehab is going great and we want to keep it up,” Sanchez said, who didn’t miss any time with a similar injury late in the 2010 season.