New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will undergo surgery on a torn labrum that will keep him out for the entire 2013 season, but the former starter’s absence due to a surgical procedure was reportedly something that was going to happen with or without an actual injury.
“Mark getting hurt in his last preseason game was actually a great stroke of luck,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We don’t experience a lot of luck in this organization, but we have nothing to complain about in this instance.”
Sanchez was slammed to the turf on his right throwing shoulder in New York’s third preseason game and hasn’t seen the field since. Nor would he have even if he had made it through the preseason unscathed.
“We had a whole sham physical set up for Mark in which our team doctor was going to say he needed an array of surgeries to not only extend his career, but to survive,” said team owner Woody Johnson. “Did I feel a little bad about it? You know, ethically? Not really, to be honest. Getting Mark Sanchez off the field by any means necessary just felt like I was looking out for the best interests of this team, which should be my No. 1 job as team owner. But, sure, now that he has a legitimate injury, I don’t have to worry about maybe one day having a flare up of conscience over forcing a young man to undergo a bunch of unnecessary invasive surgical procedures.”
The quarterback received the diagnosis after meeting with doctors on Wednesday.
“It’s obviously not something I wanted to happen. I want to play football,” said Sanchez. “I really want to get a second opinion, but Coach Ryan and Mr. Johnson are really insistent for some reason that I don’t see any other doctors than the one they sent me to.”
The good news for Sanchez is that a torn labrum is not considered to be a career-threatening injury.
“Dammit,” said Johnson. “Any idea what a career-threatening injury might be? I’m just, you know, curious.”
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