The Jets came out of their preseason game with an overtime victory over the New York Giants Saturday night, but at a major cost. For some reason, Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided to play Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter with the number two offense, including the second string offensive line. Sanchez rolled out on a pass and took a vicious hit from a Giant’s defender, landing awkwardly on his shoulder. After trying to loosen up on the sideline with some passes, he was brought back to the locker room for a MRI and X-rays. He didn’t return to the game.
Today, the Jets have stated that Sanchez is “day to day” and will not play against the Eagles in the team’s final preseason game. The extent of the injury has yet to be released, but in any matter the majority of the blame is being laid on Ryan.
During his post game press conference, a very agitated Ryan got a bit salty when questioned on his decision. He stated several times that he can do what he wants and that he doesn’t have to explain his actions to anybody.
Ryan doesn’t have to answer the questions if he chooses not too, but he does have to figure out what to do if Geno Smith still struggles and Sanchez misses regular season games.
[H/T USA Today Sports]