NEW YORK (WGGB) — New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a labral tear in his right shoulder, and is likely to have surgery that would end his 2013 season.
That’s according to an ESPN report, citing a league source and someone close to Sanchez.
Sanchez is still trying to make a decision on whether to have the surgery now, or delay it in hopes of returning to play this season.
He sustained the injury during the Jets’ third preseason game on August 24. Sanchez, who saw Dr. Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., is expected to make the decision on surgery within the next day or two, sources said.
A labrum will not heal itself; once it is torn, it is torn until it is repaired. The question is whether a player can function adequately despite the tear. It is not a career-threatening injury.
However, the Jets seem to have already moved on to rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who got the start in their Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.