An interesting plot twist in the Jets' quarterback competition took place Saturday night, when Mark Sanchez hurt his throwing shoulder late in the exhibition game against the Giants.
If he had his way, the injury -- and subsequent drama -- could've all been avoided.
Citing multiple sources, Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Sanchez wasn't expecting to play in the preseason contest, which saw rookie Geno Smith make his first NFL start.
When Smith departed in the fourth quarter, it appeared third-stringer Matt Simms was about to enter the game. But out trotted a likely begrudged Sanchez, who did not want to be thrust into duty with the backups, a source told Cimini.
Inexplicably, coach Rex Ryan served up Sanchez on a silver platter, putting him in behind the vulnerable second-string offensive line. This, predictably, resulted in a brutal hit by a Giants defender, which knocked Sanchez out of action and put his opening day status in serious doubt.