Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez expressed hope recently that he'd soon be ready to play again, but those plans may have to be put on hold because his injured throwing shoulder eventually may require surgery.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported late Wednesday night that Sanchez, who saw noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews earlier in the day to seek a second opinion, is likely to have surgery after Andrews confirmed he has a labral tear in his shoulder.
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However, two sources said Wednesday night that surgery is not an immediate option, although Sanchez may end up needing to have the shoulder repaired if he is unable to rehab sufficiently to resume playing. The plan at this point is for Sanchez to continue rehabbing to see if he can recover in time to return this season.
According to Mortensen, Sanchez texted him late Wednesday night and said, "If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews' office. I would've stayed and got the surgery."
The team has given no updates on Sanchez since the injury occurred in a preseason game against the Giants last month, other than to say the quarterback is "day to day.'' Sanchez said Tuesday he planned to be at Thursday night's's game against the Patriots in Foxborough.
Sanchez confirmed Tuesday that he planned to get a second opinion, and also said he may seek further opinions. It is possible Sanchez will continue to rehab the injury in hopes of playing this season, although the situation remains uncertain.
"I think in a situation like this it's prudent to get some outside opinions,'' he said Tuesday. "I think our team doctor Ken Montgomery is doing a great job and diagnosing things and making sure we're on track to a speedy recovery.
"We just want to make sure we're all on the same page and both sides, really, the team and myself, my agent and I feel like it's the best idea to get another opinion. Ken's been open to that, so that's great that we're all on the same page.''
Sanchez was injured on a hard hit just after throwing a pass late in the fourth quarter of the Jets' preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 24.
Sanchez appeared surprised to be going into the game, and hastily warmed up on the sideline during a television timeout. He was sacked on his first play from scrimmage, and suffered the injury later in the game.
Coach Rex Ryan was heavily criticized for putting Sanchez into the game when mostly second- and third-string players were in the lineup.