Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may need to undergo surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Wednesday night on Twitter. However, Sanchez later disputed the necessity of that procedure.
According to Mortensen, Sanchez texted: "If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left [orthopedic surgeon Dr. James] Andrews' office. I would've stayed and got the surgery."
Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game against the New York Giants on Aug. 24 when he was hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin. The Jets and Sanchez remained mum on the injury for the rest of the preseason, calling it day-to-day while rookie Geno Smith took over at the helm.
A second opinion by Andrews confirmed that Sanchez has a torn labrum in his throwing arm. The quarterback was initially thought to only have a shoulder subluxation, NFL.com reported, an injury similar to a dislocated shoulder.
Sanchez has reportedly not made the decision whether to have surgery, both Mortensen and Brian Costello of the New York Post agree. Costello writes that Sanchez will continue rehabbing the shoulder for now, while Mortensen adds that Sanchez will take a day or two to make a decision about surgery. Even that timeline is in dispute, with Albert Breer of the NFL Network saying a decision could be weeks away.
The injury to Sanchez puts the quarterback chatter coming out of New York to rest for the time being. Smith led the Jets to victory in Week 1, throwing for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was greatly aided in securing his first NFL win by a late penalty call on the Buccaneers that allowed the Jets to kick a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds.