Sanchez is out for the season with a shoulder injury and had surgery eight weeks ago after tearing his labrum in preseason. He says he has had no setbacks in rehab and jokes that "it sounds like I'll be bionic."
Sanchez visited Dr. James Andrews this week to take another look at his shoulder, a decision that was agreed upon mutually by the team doctors and the quarterback.
Sanchez injured his right shoulder after replacing rookie Geno Smith in the fourth quarter of the team's third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.
The Jets announced Sunday that Sanchez is "day-to-day" with an injured shoulder that will sideline him for the team's preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday night. Sanchez, who appeared in good shape to beat out rookie Geno Smith for the starting job, was hurt late in the fourth quarter when he took a hard hit in the shoulder from Giants defensive lineman Marvin Austin after he completed a pass.
Ryan says the Jets wanted to see how Smith's ankle responded this week before deciding on a starter against the Giants. Because Sanchez played three quarters against the Jaguars, the Jets want a better look at Smith in game action. Ryan says the team is still not prepared to select a starter for the regular-season opener against Tampa Bay.
Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg announced Tuesday that Sanchez would get the nod over Smith because he's the incumbent, and Mornhinweg added that Sanchez "earned it." Both Sanchez and Smith have had solid camps, although the rookie's performance has dipped slightly. Smith had "no reaction" when he was told Sanchez would start, adding that "of course" he thinks Sanchez earned the opportunity. He adds, "I fully back Mark," but says that the competition is "still open."
Sanchez has organized the informal workouts and team-bonding camps, dubbed "Jets West," each of the last few summers. It's not certain if Sanchez officially invited Smith, the team's second-round pick competing with Sanchez for the starting job, but Smith will not participate in the workouts that started Thursday, the person told the AP.
Rex Ryan and the New York Jets might not know who their starting quarterback is until sometime during training camp in August - and the coach is willing to be patient. Quarterbacks coach David Lee says Wednesday that "we'll know when we know" that the Jets have their starter.
Though New York cut Tim Tebow on Monday, the Jets still have David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and second-round pick Geno Smith to compete with Sanchez for the job. Sanchez said there's "a little fire" inside him though as his role as starter is in serious doubt for the first time since he was a rookie.
Sanchez says the distractions could have been avoided, "but he's a popular guy and people gravitate toward the guy."