The New York Jets formally placed quarterback Mark Sanchez on the Injured Reserve, designated to return list on Saturday.
Sanchez is battling a torn labrum, suffered during the Jets third pre-season game against the Giants, after coach Rex Ryan decided to put Sanchez in the meaningless game behind the team's third string offensive line.
The news of Sanchez being placed on the Injured Reserve designated to return list means that the quarterback will be ineligible to practice for another six weeks and more importantly will be unable to play until week 11 at the earliest, despite Sanchez refusing season-ending shoulder surgery.
Sanchez told NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Thursday that "there was no doubt" that he won the New York Jets starting quarterback job before he suffered the shoulder injury
Sanchez said on Saturday 'that he expects to be the starter' when he returns from the injury.
In the meantime, 2013 second round draft pick Geno Smith will be the Jets' starting quarterback and will have a chance to secure the job before Sanchez returns - something he has failed to do the first two weeks of the season.
Smith looked less than impressive on a slippery surface Thursday night on the road at division rivals the New England Patriots. Smith threw 15/35 for 214 yards and 3 interceptions during the Jets' 13-10 loss.
He did help the side claim victory in the opening game of the season however, when a dramatic late field goal clinched an 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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