Now that rookie Geno Smith has been named the New York Jets starting quarterback for the season opener Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a person close to ailing Mark Sanchez told USA TODAY Sports that the quarterback "believes the organization wants to see him placed on (injured reserve) and be done with him."
The person added that Sanchez who is nursing a shoulder injury believes the Jets think "it makes it cleaner and easier" that way.
The person said Sanchez fears the "organization has turned its back on Mark and is prepared to move on. It is ready to start fresh with Geno."
Another person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Sanchez's shoulder "is progressing and it's too early to tell if he will be placed on IR."
Both persons requested anonymity because Sanchez has not spoken publicly about his fears.
So it appears the injury that put head coach Rex Ryan under fire might be the team's way to cut ties with Sanchez the former first-round pick or ...