Mark Sanchez to get 2nd opinion on partially torn labrum, dislocated shoulder
Glazer reported that Sanchez dislocated his throwing shoulder on the big hit against the New York Giants during the Jets’ third preseason game. Team doctors popped it back in the socket, but it is a shoulder subluxation. Sanchez will have to wait it out to make sure the shoulder stays in the sockets since the movement of the joint can damage the soft tissue around the bones.
Plus, Rapoport reported an MRI on Sanchez’s right shoulder apparently shows that he suffered a partially torn labrum. This only adds Sanchez’s difficult recovery, with injuries summing up to a dislocated shoulder and a partially torn labrum. Rapoprt added that Sanchez is scheduled to meet Dr. James Andrew sometime this week to get a second opinion on his injured shoulder.
However, Glazer also indicated Sunday that Sanchez was dealing with the partially torn labrum prior to the preseason game against the Giants. It is possible that Sanchez wouldn’t necessarily require surgery to repair the tear in his labrum.
The injuries still took their toll on Sanchez’s hope of starting the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even though Sanchez was spotted on the field during pregame warm ups at Metlife Stadium on Sunday, he was throwing the passes left-handed. Rookie Geno Smith started at quarterback with former undrafted, first-year player Matt Simms serving as his backup.
Although initial reports indicated Sanchez could be out until Week 3, the preliminary updates on his shoulder injury suggest the fifth-year player could be in for a longer absence – with the possibility of being placed on the injured reserve, according to an ESPN report.
But Jets general manager John Idzik downplayed the possibility of Sanchez ending up on the season-ending injured-reserve, while he described the player’s return timetable as “unpredictable” earlier this week. It seems the Jets remain without a timetable for Sanchez’s return since, they didn’t previously know the exact severity of his shoulder injury.
There’s also been speculation the Jets could cut ties with Sanchez, who is owed $8.25 million in guaranteed salary for 2013. However, Jets owner Woody Johnson brushed aside such notions, saying that Sanchez “will be on the team.”