Florham Park, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Jets placed former starting quarterback Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve due to a labral tear in his throwing shoulder.
He is eligible to return after eight weeks.
Sanchez said during a conference call Saturday that he agrees with the decision.
The announcement came ten days after the Jets said they had no plans to put Sanchez on injured reserve.
Sanchez’s reputation as a quick healer factored into the decision to wait three weeks before IR, according to Jets general manager John Idzik.
There was a belief that Sanchez could return quickly, but it changed after doctors were able to provide more input.
Sanchez solicited opinions from several doctors, including renowned orthopedist James Andrews earlier this week in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and the “consensus” was to try rehab before considering surgery.
He said he’ll be looking to start when he gets back.
“I’m expecting to be the starter, I always have been,” said Sanchez, who battled rookie Geno Smith for the post.
By rule, Sanchez can return to practice in six weeks and is eligible to play in Week 11 against the Bills.
The designated-for-return rule, instituted last year, allows teams to bring back one player around midseason from the IR list.