Jets QB Mark Sanchez has an injured right shoulder and will not be in the lineup Thursday night when the team wraps up its preseason slate at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. His status is day-to-day.
Sanchez suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 24-21 OT win over their cross-town rivals Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. Escaping pressure, the fifth-year veteran rolled left and completed a 23-yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 5:40 remaining. Marvin Austin delivered a hit to Sanchez's throwing shoulder and he was taken inside the locker room for evaluation.
Taking over for rookie Geno Smith with 11:21 remaining in the final stanza, Sanchez completed 5 of 6 for 72 yards with a lost fumble.
''We had the starting offense out there for three full quarters and I put Sanchez in, and unfortunately, the best play he makes probably all of preseason, he ends up getting hurt on it,'' said head coach Rex Ryan. ''We'll see the severity of the injury later, but it was a tremendous play by him. But that's football. You compete and you go out there and do your best, and obviously it's very unfortunate that he was injured.''
Sanchez, who owns a career mark of 33-29 as a regular season starter in addition to four playoff wins, has missed only one contest in his career. He completed 67% of his passes this preseason, hitting on 28 of 42 for 366 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT.
"He's done as much and more than I've asked him to do," said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg last week of Sanchez. "He's done a nice job now. He's had an excellent training camp. He's played well, certainly in segments, during the preseason, so he's had a good camp. You get better every day."
Jets head coach Rex Ryan will have a Monday news conference at 2:15 p.m. here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and that will be broadcast live on NYJets.comand the Jets App.