Sanchez injured, Jets looking for QB help

Sanchez injured, Jets looking for QB help
August 25, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The Jets took a risk by playing Mark Sanchez late, and now they're paying for it.

Sanchez entered against the Giants late in their preseason game Saturday night and, while playing with backup offensive linemen, he left with an injury to his right shoulder.

Though Sanchez hasn't done much in the way of locking down the starter's gig, he was the best option the Jets had. At a cost of $8.25 million in base salary, he was also the most expensive option they had.

Based on reports out of Jets camp, 2013 second-round draft pick Geno Smith isn't ready to handle the starting quarterback job. His performance on Saturday -- which included three picks -- didn't help.

The Jets have former Alabama signal-caller Greg McElroy and second-year man Matt Simms on their roster, but it appears as though they're going looking for other options to play under center if Sanchez can't go. (They were reportedly interested in Matt Leinart, but Leinart signed with the quarterback-hungry Bills on Sunday.)

There are no updates yet as to the extent of Sanchez's injury, or when he's expected to return. The Patriots host the Jets in Week 2.