Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/25/13
The New York Jets entered Saturday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants with a big question mark surrounding the quarterback position. They left it with far worse. In addition to a less-than-impressive three-interception effort from rookie Geno Smith fifth-year veteran Mark Sanchez left the game with a right shoulder injury after being inexplicably inserted into the exhibition late in the fourth quarter. In the moments following the final whistle of the Jets' 24-21 overtime win Jets coach Rex Ryan and the Jets public-relations staff said they did not know the severity of Sanchez’s injury. Sanchez was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Sunday a source told FOX Sports. Why Sanchez was in the game — a meaningless preseason contest in which the Jets’ backup offensive line was protecting him — is the greater issue at hand. Ryan put the team’s likely starter in harm's way in a situation in which there was very little to gain. "It was my decision” a defensive Ryan said of the questionable call during a contentious postgame session with reporters. “You're talking about competing all week. That was my decision all the way." Asked why he would put his potential starter at risk of an injury so late in a preseason contest Ryan fired back “Why compete period? We're there to win. We had our starting offense out there because we are trying to win the game. Injuries are part of the game." But Ryan didn't have his whole starting offense out there — the second-string offensive line was guarding "The Sanchise." Smith the rookie quarterback said he was not surprised to see Sanchez enter the game when he did. "I wasn't'' said Smith who squandered a chance to make a statement for the starting QB job with his performance. "That was kinda the plan all along." Matt Simms — son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms and the team's third-string QB — concurred with Smith in the locker room after the game. But Marvin Austin the Giants player who delivered the hit that injured Sanchez was puzzled about Sanchez's presence on the field.
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