Shoulder Surgery Likely For Jets’ Mark Sanchez

Scott Croker - Author

Sep. 12 2013, Updated 10:46 a.m. ET

Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez will need shoulder surgery to repair a labral tear in his throwing shoulder. The surgery will end Sanchez’s season and the QB controversy in New York.

Sanchez injured his shoulder during the Jets’ third preseason game. Head coach Rex Ryan put Sanchez in the game with 11 minutes left in an attempt to win. At the time of the injury he was reportedly close to beating rookie Geno Smith for the starting job.

Ryan faced criticism for putting Sanchez in behind New York’s second team offensive line. Ryan defended his decision as a competitive one.

At the time the severity of Mark Sanchez’s injury wasn’t clear. There were rumors he would be ready for week one. Then when it became clear he would miss week one, his timetable changed to a few weeks.

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Geno Smith won the job he was fighting for thanks to Sanchez’s injury. Smith won his NFL debut and the starting job in New York is now firmly his.

All that’s left is for Mark Sanchez to choose shoulder surgery. It’s possible he could opt for rehab and try to return later this season. Labral tears don’t repair themselves however and he would need surgery after the season.

In a text to ESPN Sanchez wrote:

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“If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office. I would’ve stayed and got the surgery. There’s nothing to report. It’s reckless.”

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Despite the hesitance, Sanchez is expected to make his decision on surgery in the next day or two. It makes no sense for him to opt out. His season with the Jets was over before it even began. Even without the injury it’s likely he will not start a game this year.

It’s time for Mark Sanchez to think about his future. He should get the surgery and make sure he’s healthy for next season. If the Jets choose to release he could land somewhere as a stop-gap starter.

Do you think Mark Sanchez should opt for shoulder surgery, essentially giving up on his season?


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