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Mark Sanchez likely done for season
More bad news for Mark Sanchez: It appears the embattled Jets quarterback will require surgery that will force him to miss the entire 2013 season. Sanchez already had been fighting a battle for his starting job (now won by default by Geno Smith), and the news puts his future with the team in doubt. He's had some success as a starter, but with his recent struggles, Sanchez's time as a team's primary option may be over.
Embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez will miss time with an injured shoulder, but given the Jets' moves lately, he might miss more than just a few games. The Jets signed veteran quarterback Brady Quinn as a backup for Geno Smith, who is expected to start in Week 1. If Smith excels -- or, really, if he plays with anything resembling competence -- it might be difficult for the team to justify starting Sanchez when he comes back. The presence of Quinn even could block Sanchez from a backup job, which could mean very bad things for Sanchez's NFL prospects.
Sanchez hadn't been outplayed by Geno Smith in the preseason, but he may have lost the Jets' quarterback battle by default.
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AFC East Preview -- 2013
Another year, another New England Patriots romp through the AFC East? Perhaps ... or perhaps things will change, after Bill Belichick, Tom Brady & Co. lost top receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, saw Rob Gronkowski struggle through injury, and all involved dealt with the fallout from the shocking Aaron Hernandez situation. Most likely to challenge? Perhaps those Miami Dolphins, who made a big splash in free agency as they aim to emerge from their recent malaise. Speaking of malaise, how about them Jets?
Jets' QB situation still hazy
The New York Jets' quarterback situation remains up in the air, with the team saying Mark Sanchez is day-to-day after injuring his shoulder Saturday night. On one hand, the veteran didn't exactly excel in 2012, and the injury certainly could hamper his ability. On the other, challenger Geno Smith threw three interceptions -- making Sanchez the supposed front-runner for the job before his fall. Then there's this fact: Rex Ryan's team might be doomed no matter who starts under center. Stay tuned.
At one point during this interminable offseason, the Jets had six quarterbacks on their roster. Six! Kind of absurd, don't you think? They've since managed to pare that down to a much more reasonable four, which is still at least one more than any team needs. Tim Tebow is gone (against his will), and now he's been followed by David Garrard, who was unable to continue due to his knee not quite holding up anymore. This leaves the Jets with two unproven quarterbacks (Geno Smith and Matt Simms), one semi-proven quarterback (Greg McElroy), and one quarterback who's proved something, although perhaps not quite what he set out to (Mark Sanchez). We'd love to be a fly on the wall in coach Rex Ryan's office when he makes his final decision. The wait is almost too much to handle.