New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been listed as “day to day” after suffering a hard blow to his right shoulder. The QB1 is currently listed as “day to day” with his season open remaining in doubt.
No information was given about the quarterbacks health, but Sanchez was listed as inactive for Thursday nights game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rex Ryan never uses his starters in pre-season finale games, which means Sanchez was unlikely to play regardless of his health.
The Jets issued an MRI exam for the Jets QB on Sunday and found a bruised right shoulder joint.
All summer Jets fans have been forced to question whether the Jets will start Sanchez or Geno Smith. Both men are prone to turnovers, and neither quarterback has managed to impress during the off-season. The Jets take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener.
Mark Sanchez was likely to secure the QB1 position after Geno Smith tossed three interceptions on Saturday night and then stepped out of bounds in the end zone for a safety. In the fourth quarter, Rex Ryan made a questionable call by placing Sanchez in the game, a decision that would lead to the quarterbacks injury.
A day to day placement on the injury list means the Jets medical staff likely believes the QB will be ready for primetime before the regular season begins.
Sanchez suffered his injury after taking a hit by Marvin Austin as he scrambled outside the pocket. Sanchez immediately fell to the ground and grimaced in pain as he grabbed at his injured shoulder.
Trainers immediately iced Sanchez’s shoulder before carting him off the field for an x-ray.
If Mark Sanchez is still suffering a high amount of discomfort heading into the season opener, the Jets will have no choice but to go with Geno Smith. During Saturday’s outing, Geno threw for 16 of 30 passes and 199 yards while offering up three interceptions in a span of 12 passes.
After the game, Rex Ryan refused to admit that his decision to play Sanchez was the wrong choice:
“Hey, I’ll make that call. I don’t have to answer a question. I’ll answer it the way I said. And from Day 1 I said we’ll make the announcement of a starting quarterback when we think it’s the appropriate time.”
The only other choices for the Jets are third-string quarterback Greg McElroy and Matt Simms, who isn’t likely to start anytime soon despite a ground swell of support from Jets fans in recent weeks.
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