Jets place Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve

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Mark Sanchez has his sights set on returning to the field this season – as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback.

Well, at least in a few months.

Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks while he recovers from an injured right shoulder.

“As far as making a
decision that’s best for the team and best for my medical health, we’re all on the same page,” Sanchez said during a conference call. “I’ll come back, hopefully, in eight weeks and be ready to play.”

Sanchez injured his right shoulder after replacing rookie Geno Smith in the fourth quarter of the team’s third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.

Sanchez acknowledged that surgery is a possibility, but doctors are encouraged by his rehab so far. Some fans and media have suggested that Sanchez should have the surgery immediately, since it seems inevitable that he will need to do so. But the quarterback called those opinions “laughable” since that’s not what the doctors have told him.

REDSKINS: Signed kicker John Potter as their contingency plan in case Kai Forbath is unable to kick in today’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

To make room for Potter on the roster, the Redskins released fourth-string quarterback Pat White.

Forbath has a sore groin in his kicking leg. It first flared up in practice Thursday.

CARDINALS: Released cornerback Jamell Fleming and promoted wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad.

Fleming was a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2012, but had fallen to the bottom of the depth chart under the Cardinals’ new coaching regime.

JAGUARS: Signed first-year receiver Jeremy Ebert and rookie cornerback Marcus Burley off the practice squad Saturday.


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