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Jets' Mark Sanchez Has Labrum Tear In Shoulder

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Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images.
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images.

The New York Jets may have seen the last of QB Mark Sanchez. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported late last night that the embattled quarterback has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and whether he opts to get it now or sometime in the future, he’s likely to require surgery.

While Sanchez is still weighing his options, he’s currently planning to rehab his shoulder. A labrum tear would take well over a month to rehab into game shape, and by the time he recovers enough to be medically cleared to play, the season could already be over.

"If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews' office. I would've stayed and got the surgery," Sanchez said via text message to Mortensen.

Sanchez suffered the injury when coach Rex Ryan decided to put him in the fourth quarter of a meaningless preseason game. The initial prognosis was that it was a day-to-day injury, but that soon became multiple weeks. Now it looks like it’s going to be more than a month, at the very least.

Sanchez appeared to be in the lead for the starting job at quarterback over rookie Geno Smith, but Ryan was forced to throw Smith into the fray in Week 1 with Sanchez out. If Smith continues to show improvement after the Jets’ upset win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he could have the job completely locked up by the time Sanchez even returns.

It seems that Sanchez has already played his last snap with the Jets, and it’s highly unlikely that they’ll bring him back next year as it has become increasingly clear over the last couple of months that his time in New York is coming to an end. He can also kiss his days as a starting quarterback goodbye.