NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mount Sanchez erupted back in August. We’re just now feeling the tremors.
According to the NY Post, the Jets’ former starting quarterback screamed at general manager John Idzik in the aftermath of the preseason game against the Giants in which he suffered what has now become known as a pretty significant shoulder injury.
We all know the original story. Sanchez was put in late in the third preseason game against the Giants — behind a mostly inexperienced offensive line — and was clobbered by former Giant Marvin Austin. Initially it was believed that Sanchez suffered just a bruise, but as the days stretched into weeks it became more and more apparent that he had done significant damage to the shoulder.
That injury opened the door to rookie Geno Smith getting the starting job in Week 1 of the regular season and the Jets have gone a surprising 3-2 since.
For his part, Sanchez has always been the model teammate with the Jets, extremely supportive and rarely, if ever, one to put his personal gripes with the coaching staff or management ahead of the best interests of the team.
However, as the Post reports it, Sanchez lost it on Idzik, screaming at him in the trainer’s room after the game, according to witnesses. The fifth-year quarterback was apparently furious that the Jets would play him that late in an otherwise meaningless game behind what amounted to players that had very little chance of actually making the team.
Sanchez, who led the Jets to AFC championship game appearances in 2009 and ’10 but later fell out of favor with the fans due to his penchant for turning the ball over, tried for weeks to rehab the injury in the hope of returning at some point this season. However, he eventually settled on surgery and went under the knife on Monday, effectively ending his season.
It’s believed Sanchez will miss four to six months and will likely be cut by the Jets in the offseason.
The team hasn’t commented on the Post report.
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