NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez plans to continue to rehab his injured right shoulder, though season-ending surgery is still on the table, according to multiple reports.
Sanchez was “likely to have surgery” after Dr. James Andrews found a tear in the labrum, ESPN reported late Thursday night.
However, Sanchez disputed the account in a text message to the network: “If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office. I would’ve stayed and got the surgery.”
“There’s nothing to report,” he added. “It’s reckless.”
Sanchez was hurt after a controversial decision by head coach Rex Ryan to insert the quarterback late in New York’s third preseason game against the Giants. The 26-year-old was crushed behind the Jets’ backups on the offensive line, the injury effectively ending his competition for the starting job with rookie Geno Smith.
“We’re getting every opinion possible,” Sanchez said this week. “I don’t think you can have too many like this, and I think it’s prudent.”
Sanchez will try to rehab his shoulder as surgery remains a possibility — either now or at the end of the season, according to multiple reports. The New York Daily News said he would be evaluated from “week-to-week.”
Surgery would likely end Sanchez’s Jets career.
“Andrews felt Sanchez has made enough progress that he could continue trying to rehab the shoulder to try to avoid surgery,” the New York Post reported.
Sanchez has been ruled out of Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots.
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