Sanchez was injured in the preseason when he entered the Giants game in the third quarter, playing with second- and third-team players, and suffered a shoulder injury on his throwing arm. The Jets have not been forthcoming as to the extent and exact nature of the injury, although Rex Ryan stated this week there was a realistic chance that Sanchez would return to play in 2013.
The veteran quarterback was locked into a battle with Geno Smith for the starting spot and had outperformed the rookie through three games of the preseason. Smith started in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led the team to a last-second field goal victory before imploding on Thursday Night Football against the New England Patriots in a 13-10 loss.
Sanchez will be eligible to return to practice in six weeks and will be able to play in a game eight weeks after having been placed on Injured Reserve.