As the NFL regular season inches closer, the official word on Mark Sanchez's shoulder continues to leave fans with more questions. The declarative ‘day-to-day' answer is becoming a mantra for the five-year veteran as his availability for the season opener looks in doubt.
"Listen, I trust the trainers, I trust our doctors, I trust knowing my body," said Sanchez. "We'll take all of those things into account, what's best for me, what's best for the team and move forward at a day-to-day pace."
Recent reports from ESPN's Ed Werder have claimed that Sanchez's injury is even worse than what the team is letting on.
"He's not only going to miss Sunday's game but he could miss several weeks," Werder reported.
Manish Mehta, the Jets' beat writer for the Daily News, reported this morning that sources told him that Sanchez would be out for Sunday's matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The shoulder injury initially occurred in an odd move on the part of head coach Rex Ryan. In the team's third preseason game versus the New York Giants Sanchez was put into the game in the fourth quarter after not playing the entire game. Upon entering the game Sanchez was hit by Marvin Austin, ending his night early as he exited the game in visible pain.
The injury hasn't stopped Sanchez from rehabbing; something he is doing vigorously to return to the field.
"We'll make a good push this week and see where I'm at," said Sanchez. "You just want to take this thing slow, take it the right way, make the right progression without reinjuring yourself."
The rehab process itself isn't being delved into too much by Sanchez who seems to be content to sweep most of his injury concerns under the rug.
"I'm not going to get into the rehab process or what stage we're at, just know its feeling better every day," said Sanchez.
With the likely absence of Sanchez from the starting lineup, the team will look to start rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Smith expressed disappointment in his one start against the Giants, completing less than half of his passes while throwing three interceptions. The concern over initial struggles from Smith and a possible prolonged absence from Sanchez prompted Jets' general manager John Idzik to sign Brady Quinn.
"I don't know, just keeping a veteran guy around as an emergency guy, a guy who's played quite a bit. Hopefully he'll help us," said Sanchez.