Sanchez placed on short-term IR

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# @@ # @!! Updated Sep fourteen, 2013 2:55 PM ET

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# @@ # @!! Mark Sanchez has his sights set on returning to the field this season — as the New York Jets ‘ starting quarterback.

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# @@ # @!! Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he can not be able to play for the next eight several weeks while he recovers from an injured right shoulder.

# @@ # @!! ” As far as making a decision that ‘s best for the players and best for my medical health, we ‘re all on the same page, inch Sanchez said during a conference call. ” I’ll come back, hopefully, in eight weeks and be ready to perform. ”

# @@ # @!! Sanchez injured his right shoulder after replacing first year Geno Smith in the fourth quarter of the team ‘s third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.

# @@ # @!! Sanchez acknowledged that surgery is a chance, but doctors are encouraged by his rehab so far. Some followers and media have suggested that Sanchez should have the surgery instantly, since it seems inevitable that he will have to do so. But the quarterback called individuals opinions “laughable ” since that ‘s not what the doctors tell him.

# @@ # @!! ” They ‘ve said, ` Hey, you ‘re doing the right thing, ‘” Sanchez said. ” So , unless everyone is lying and everybody has it out to get me, I think we ‘re OK. ”

# @@ # @!! The precise nature of the injury has not been exposed by either Sanchez or the team, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum. Sanchez continues to be throwing passes left-handed during procedures and was doing the same Thursday night before the team ‘s 13-10 loss to New England.

# @@ # @!! General manager John Idzik pointed out that Sanchez had a similar injury to his proper shoulder in 2010, and did not miss any time. That ‘s exactly why the team took an initial “day-to-day inch approach before making this decision. Sanchez was examined by the team physicians, Dr. James Andrews and consulted with several others in the last 7 days.

# @@ # @!! ” After weighing all those, the consensus was that this was the right thing to do, ” Idzik said.

# @@ # @!! By placing him on the IR-designated for return, Sanchez must miss the next six weeks of practice but can rehab with the team at the Aircraft ‘ facility and take part in team meetings. He wo n’t have the ability to play until after the Jets ‘ 10th game. The earliest Sanchez could be back is Nov. 17 at kunne Buffalo, following the Jets ‘ cya week.

# @@ # @!! ” I feel going to do everything I can to play and compete, like I always have, inch Sanchez said when asked if he feels he ‘s allowed to being the starter when he results. ” And, I expect to perform. That ‘s just the way I am.

# @@ # @!! ” I ‘m expecting to function as starter. I always have been. ”

# @@ # @!! Teams can place only one gamer on short-term IR per period. On Friday, coach Rex Thomas said it was very possible that Sanchez could be back.

# @@ # @!! inch If we did n’t think it ‘d be realistic that Mark can have on the field, then he would be put on IR, ” Ryan said Fri. ” And that ‘s not the case. inch

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# @@ # @!! Johnson has started the Jets ‘ above games and it appears will continue to be below center while Sanchez is sidelined. Matt Simms and Brady Quinn are the other quarterbacks on the roster. Idzik maintained his stance that this team looks only at the upcoming game, so he would not commit to Smith as the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

# @@ # @!! Sanchez appeared to come with an edge in the tightly contested QB competition this summer after Smith struggled with three interceptions in the preseason game against the Giants. But , Thomas put Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter of that game, and the quarterback took a crunching strike to his shoulder from Marvin Austin.

# @@ # @!! Ryan has been greatly criticized for that decision, but Sanchez has never publicly criticized the coach.

# @@ # @!! ” My personal opinion, and I do n’t know if anyone else will abide by me, but I do n’t think you heal right if you keep grudges, ” Sanchez said. inch That negative stuff does not help. ”

# @@ # @!! Ryan has insisted that despite assumptions, Sanchez had not won the quarterback competition at that point. In fact , the coach never announced a winner for the job.

# @@ # @!! Sanchez, however , said in an interview with NFL Network on Thursday that he felt he undoubtedly won the competition. This individual reiterated Saturday that he always thinks he should be the starter.

# @@ # @!! The injury has clouded Sanchez is actually future with the team, especially with the actual struggles he had the last two seasons with an NFL-leading 52 turnovers. While Idzik would n’t commit to Sanchez being on the team beyond this season, he said the quarterback is “unequivocally a very important part of this team. inch

# @@ # @!! Sanchez, the team ‘s first-round pick in 2009, said has no plans to play anywhere but in New York.

# @@ # @!! ” Absolutely, I ‘m a Jet, ” he said. inch I ‘ve been a Aircraft since Day 1, and I do n’t plan on doing anything else. Inde i ‘m focused on this rehab and getting ready to play. ”

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