Mark Sanchez day-to-day, will not play in Jets’ preseason finale
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is officially listed as day-to-day and will not play in the team’s preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jets announced Sunday.
Sanchez suffered a right-shoulder injury in Saturday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants, after he was hit hard by Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. He stayed down in obvious pain and left the game.
The team didn’t provide more specifics as to the severity of the injury.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan faced criticism after the game for putting Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter — especially since Sanchez was playing with the Jets’ backups. He appeared surprised when he was called on to enter the game, and according to multiple reports, he was not expecting to play heading into the game.
After the game, Ryan said it was his decision to play Sanchez.
“It was very unfortunate that Mark was injured,” Ryan told reporters after the game, according to USA Today. “When we had a chance to put Mark in, I wanted to play Mark. It’s my decision. [...] I understand being second-guessed when an injury happens, but that’s football.”
Sanchez completed 5 of 6 passes for 72 yards on Saturday. He also lost a fumble.
The Jets haven’t announced a starter between Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith ahead of the team’s season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 8. Smith struggled during his start on Saturday, completing 16 of 30 passes for 199 yards, while racking up one touchdown and three interceptions.