Mark Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, the New York Jets announced.
Placed on IR, by rule, the quarterback must miss six weeks of practice and eight games.
Head coach Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that it was “realistic” for Sanchez to play again this season. Team doctors advised Sanchez that surgery is not necessary at this time, and that he could rehabilitate the shoulder.
The QB tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder after he was drilled by New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. The injury happened while Sanchez was going through an intense summer-long competition with rookie Geno Smith for the starting quarterback spot.
General manager John Idzik said in a statement on Sept. 4 that “we’re not looking at (injured reserve). We’re looking at Mark continuing to rehab. He’s day to day.”
Sanchez told the NFL Network Thursday that he would try his best to play again this season.