Mark Sanchez’s 2013 NFL season is in jeopardy and his fears of being placed on the injured reserve are about to come true. Dr. James Andrews confirmed yesterday that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a labral tear in his throwing shoulder. Sanchez is “likely to have surgery” and will miss the rest of the 2013 season.
Sanchez was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ third preseason game on Aug. 24. With the backup offensive line protecting him, Sanchez was rocked by Marvin Austin and immediately went down favoring his throwing arm. Jet’s coach Rex Ryan later revealed that he wanted to win the game against the Giants, reason why he put Sanchez in at quarterback during the fourth quarter of a meaningless game.
Dr. Andrews, a famous orthopedic surgeon who has performed operations on the world’s best athletes, said that Sanchez’s labrum would not fully heal without surgery. Technically speaking, Sanchez could opt to rehab and play the rest of this season, but will eventually need to undergo surgery to repair his shoulder. The extent of the injury is not said to be career threatening.
An anonymous source close to Sanchez said that the ailing quarterback would determine within the next few days whether or not he will go under the knife. The source also said that surgery is the most likely option because of the Jets’ commitment to rookie quarterback, Geno Smith.