NFL franchise under the pump to find a opening-day starter.
It was not the news the New York Jets wanted with the start of the NFL season just around the corner with Mark Sanchez suffering a potentially serious shoulder injury.
While rookie playmaker Geno Smith failed to impress offcials with his performance as he looked to lock in the starting job for day one.
Smith completed 16-of-30 passes for 199 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to BenObomanu that gave the Jets a 7-0 lead. Smith’s worst moment came in the fourth quarter, when he took a safety by stepping out of the end zone while trying to avoid pressure.
But the three interceptions he threw against the New York Giants will have the team almost as worried as the health of Sanchez.
After replacing Smith in the fourth quarter, Sanchez hurt his right shoulder on a hit by Marvin Austin.
Sanchez, in significant pain, left the game immediately. Trainers applied ice to his throwing shoulder and he was taken to the locker room for an X-ray.
Sanchez, who finished 5 of 6 for 72 yards, will have an MRI exam on his shoulder, however, coach Rex Ryan said he didn’t know the severity of the injury.