Found September 14, 2013 on
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Late Saturday morning, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that the New York Jets have placed injured quarterback Mark Sanchez on short term injured reserve. Sanchez will be inactive until he becomes eligible to return during the team’s Bye week, Week 10 (2nd week of November).
After a week of rampant rumors about how the Jets and Sanchez will handle the quarterback’s injury “situation,” this curious and outright confusing saga will be put to rest—at least until Week 10. This decision by the team allows rookie quarterback Geno Smith to continue starting without the potential distraction of the Sanchez saga.
For the next seven games, Mark Sanchez will be nothing more than an inactive player, ineligible to dress for a game—all but certainly eliminating any stress or questions for Geno about being benched in favor of the veteran. Over the next seven games, Geno will have the opportunity to work through his rookie mistakes, build on his successes and solidify himself as the future of this team under center.
However, if Geno fails to achieve the aforementioned, the quarterback who led this team to back-to-back AFC Championship games his first two seasons, before turning into a turnover machine the following two seasons, will be there to step in and replace him. Sanchez has been anything but shy about reminding people he actually won the QB competition before his shoulder injury.
If the latter occurs, (Geno failing to adequately progress over the next seven games), expect the Jersey Circus to reach Tebow levels of absurdity. Commentators, (myself included), have stated that Sanchez should start over elsewhere with a clean slate in a lower pressure situation. But, Sanchez most likely doesn’t pay attention to NFL pre-game shows or FootballandFutbol, which is probably for the best.
With the Jets being off Week 10, the first game of Sanchez’s eligibility will be a Week 11 divisional matchup in Buffalo, (or perhaps Toronto), against the Bills on November 17th. But for now Geno leads the team against those same Buffalo Bills on September 22nd at home.
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