Sanchez to Miss Jets’ Preseason Finale as Vegas Books Move Line

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Quarterback Mark Sanchez will miss the New York Jets’ final preseason game with a right shoulder injury, prompting some Las Vegas sportsbooks to adjust the betting line on the team’s regular-season opener.

Sanchez is listed as day-to-day after being injured late in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ preseason win against the New York Giants two days ago.

He’ll sit out the team’s National Football League preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 29, the Jets said without disclosing the nature or severity of Sanchez’s injury.

While the Jets didn’t say whether Sanchez will be ready to play in their first regular-season game on Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book yesterday moved the Jets to 3-point underdogs. The Buccaneers had been favored by 2 1/2 points before yesterday.

Sanchez has a bruised shoulder joint, ESPN reported, citing a person familiar with the situation it didn’t identify. The Jets won’t know how long Sanchez will be out until he’s able to resume throwing, ESPN added.

Sanchez completed five of six pass attempts for 72 yards against the Giants before getting injured when he was hit by Marvin Austin with just over five minutes left in the game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

If Sanchez isn’t ready to play against the Buccaneers, the Jets may start rookie Geno Smith, who completed 16-of-30 passes for 199 yards against the Giants yet also threw three interceptions. Those turnovers came in a span of 12 passes and Smith also made a mistake by taking a safety when he stepped out of the back of the end zone while trying to elude a pass rush.

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