East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is contemplating whether to undergo surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder that would end his 2013 season and possibly his tenure with the team.
Earlier, Dr. James Andrews confirmed Sanchez’s injury that he sustained during the team’s third preseason game Aug. 24 while playing behind a second-team offensive line.
Sanchez could opt to rehab the shoulder in an effort to play at some point this season, sources said, but still likely would need surgery at the end of the year.
“If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office. I would’ve stayed and got the surgery,” Sanchez said in a text message to ESPN.com.
The quarterback appeared to be on the verge of claiming the starting job after a training camp battle with Geno Smith. However, the rookie claimed the job after Sanchez went down with the injury.
A source close to the quarterback said it would make no sense for Sanchez to delay the surgery under the circumstances of the injury and the team’s commitment to Smith.
Sanchez is expected to make the decision on surgery within the next day or two, another source said.
A labrum will not heal itself. Once it is torn, it will stay that way until it is repaired through surgery.
Sanchez’s injury led to criticism of coach Rex Ryan, who claimed he played Sanchez with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter against the Giants because he wanted to win the preseason game.
Smith, the Jets second-pick, won the first start of his career in Sunday’s 18-17 victory over Tampa Bay. He finished 24 of 38 for 256 yards and a touchdown while leading the team with 47 yards rushing.
The Jets visit the New England Patriots Thursday night.