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Mark Sanchez suffers a shoulder injury late in a preseason game against the Giants.
Mark Sanchez thinks he deserves to be the Jets’ starting quarterback. He probably won’t get that chance, but it’s looking increasingly likely that he could return to the practice field to look over Geno Smith’s shoulder.
Sanchez, who said he thought he won the QB competition over Smith before getting hurt, has been advised by multiple doctors not to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder at this time, sources told the Daily News. Surgery remains an option at some point this season or after the season.
Rex Ryan was asked Friday if he believes it’s realistic for Sanchez to make a return this season.
“I do,” Ryan said. “If we didn’t think it’d be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR, and that’s not the case.”
With Woody Johnson, John Idzik and Ryan all proclaiming Sanchez’s job battle with Geno Smith “ongoing,” why wouldn’t Sanchez want to return to the Jets this season? Of course, that almost certainly isn’t true. Even if Sanchez does recover, it seems improbable that the Jets would remove Smith from the starting job.
Sanchez told NFL Network before Thursday’s 13-10 loss to the Patriots that he thought he had beaten out Smith.
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Mark Sanchez continues to rehab his shoulder as the Jets QB looks to avoid surgery for now.
“What I’m really disappointed about is that I got hurt because I won the competition,” Sanchez said. “There’s no doubt. It was a done deal.”
“That’s his opinion,” Ryan said Friday. “It’s not about a company line. Apparently, if that’s what he said then that’s his opinion. Again there is that ongoing competition.”
Ryan said he never gave any indication about who won the job. But he added that he doesn’t mind Sanchez thinking that he won since it displays the confidence he has in himself.
“Well, I think as a competitor I guess that’s what you expect,” Ryan said. “To have his point of view would be that that’s it. I think any competitor, you want your players to believe that. And if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. I certainly would expect that from any competitor.”
Sanchez did, in fact, outplay Smith in the preseason.
Mark Sanchez throws a few passes from his non-injured arm before the Jets face the Patriots.
The veteran largely played well throughout training camp and into the preseason games, and certainly was better than the three-interception performance the rookie Smith put in against the Giants.
It all became moot once the fifth-year QB was injured in the fourth quarter of that same game behind the second-team offensive line. The Jets have consistently described him as “day-to-day,” even though he has now missed three weeks.
Sanchez will not say if he has a torn labrum. Beyond his NFL Network interview, he declined to speak to the rest of the media after the Jets’ loss to the Patriots on Thursday.
Sanchez visited Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for an another opinion. At the moment, he’s continuing his course of rehab.
“The thing that I’m happy about is his rehab is going well,” Ryan said. “I know he’s working his tail off to get back.
“That’s where we’re at. I know he’s trying his best to get back on the field. And so far I know our trainers are pleased with his rehab. We’ll see what happens.”