The New York Jets placed injured quarterback Mark Sanchez on the Injured Reserve designated to return list on Saturday.
“I think we made the decision that’s best for the team, best for me and my medical health. I’ll come back in eight weeks and be ready to play,” Sanchez said “I’m a Jet, I’ve been a Jet from day one. I don’t plan on doing anything else. I’m focused on this rehab and getting ready to play.”
The move means Sanchez will not count against the Jets 53-man roster, but will be out a minimum of eight weeks. Sanchez will be eligible to begin practicing again in six weeks, and if healthy, he will be activated to the active roster in eight weeks — following the team’s bye week.
This decision comes days after reports were leaked that Sanchez’s shoulder injury would require season ending surgery. Sanchez disputed the claims, stating that he would attempt to rehab the injury before opting to go under the knife. This move reflects that.
“Doing this is really in keeping with our primary goal to give Mark every chance to return to practice and play this season,” general manager John Idzik said on a conference call with Sanchez on Saturday.
Sanchez, who is likely going to be a free agent in 2014, is saying and doing all the right things. He is proving that he is the ultimate team player, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the New York Jets in 2013.
“In my position now, I’m trying to help Geno and help the other guys, give them as much information as I can,” he said. “The most important thing is the Buffalo game [a week from Sunday], and in my own personal world, I’m trying to get my shoulder right. Those are the only things I’m thinking about.”