NFL Network Says Veteran Quarterback Could Miss 4-6 Months

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — He went the rehab route and didn’t get the results he wanted, so now Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has reportedly chosen to go under the knife.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Sanchez has decided to have surgery to repair his torn labrum and will miss four to six months, effectively ending his season. The fifth-year signal-caller has yet to throw a pass this season after getting injured in the third preseason game.

Rapoport suggested Sanchez could wait another week or two to see how the shoulder responds before actually having the surgery.

The Jets are 2-2 with rookie quarterback Geno Smith at the helm, but there have already been calls for his benching. Smith, who was given the starting job on a week-to-week basis following Sanchez’s injury, has turned the ball over 11 times so far this season, including two interceptions and two fumbles in the Jets’ 38-13 loss in Tennessee on Sunday.

Sanchez, who committed 52 turnovers in 2011 and ’12 combined, has claimed he won the training camp quarterback competition. However, he was sidelined after being hit in the fourth quarter against the Giants back on Aug. 24. The decision to play Sanchez late in that game, behind largely inexperienced offensive linemen, led to contentious moments between head coach Rex Ryan and members of the media.

The Jets will conclude the NFL’s Week 5 schedule when they travel to Atlanta for Monday Night Football.

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