Mark Sanchez is not likely to be ready for Week 1. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
New York Jets quarterback is "unlikely" to be ready to play in Week 1 of the NFL season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday.
According to Rapoport, Sanchez has been unable to begin throwing after injuring his right shoulder in last week's preseason victory over the New York Giants.
On Sunday, the Jets officially listed Sanchez as day-to-day and said that he would miss the team's preseason finale Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Matt Simms, the younger son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, made his first career start Thursday night.
Sanchez suffered a right-shoulder injury in the game after being hit hard by Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. He stayed down in obvious pain and left the game.
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. 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 have yet to announce a starter for their regular-season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But if Sanchez is unable to go, that could fall by default to rookie Geno Smith. Smith was not expected to play against the Eagles on Thursday, because the Jets didn't want to expose him to injury.