Geno Smith will start at quarterback for the New York Jets on Sept. 12 when they play at the New England Patriots, while Mark Sanchez will get a second opinion on his injured shoulder and sit out again.
“Mark won’t play this game,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said at a news conference, a day after the team beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18-17 on a field goal with two seconds left in their National Football League season-opener. “Not that he had a setback or anything else, but we’re going to take this time to go get a different opinion and things like that to make sure everybody’s comfortable with where he’s at.”
The Jets re-signed backup passer Brady Quinn today, two days after cutting him to avoid having to guarantee his salary for the season. To make room for Quinn, the Jets released linebacker Danny Lansanah.
Smith, who was taken in the second round of this year’s draft from West Virginia University, completed 24 of 38 pass attempts for 256 yards, a touchdown, a fumble and an interception yesterday. He also ran for 47 yards, including a 10-yard gain in the game’s closing seconds, when he drew a penalty by being shoved on his way out of bounds by Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David. Tampa Bay was flagged for a 15-yard penalty, setting up Nick Folk’s 48-yard game-winning field goal.
Sanchez, the Jets’ starter the past four seasons after being taken fifth in the 2009 NFL draft, hasn’t practiced since injuring his shoulder during a preseason game against the New York Giants on Aug. 24.
Sanchez probably has a partially torn labrum in the shoulder and will seek a second opinion from surgeon James Andrews, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified person.
“He’s still day-to-day with us,” Ryan said. “It’s a short week, he’s not going to play this game. This a mutual thing with the team and Mark. Let’s go find out where he is and get a different opinion.”