Buzz: Sanchez out for Week 1; Idzik hasn’t ruled out cutting him?

According to both Rich Cimini and Manish Mehta on twitter, they’ve been told by sources that Mark Sanchez will miss the season opener.

Update – 12:01 p.m.: Sanchez has been ruled out for Week 1, according to a source of New York Post’s Brian Costello.

“According to a source, the doctors don’t want Sanchez to try to throw too soon and make his injury worse. There is a fear he could do further damage to the shoulder and possibly miss the rest of the season,” Costello said.

Geno Smith is expected to start for the Jets.

Cimini also stated the following in this article:

Sanchez is due to make a guaranteed $8.25 million this season from the Jets, whether he’s on the team or not. It would be unusual for a team to eat that much salary, but general manager John Idzik hasn’t ruled out the possibility of cutting Sanchez at some point, according to a source.


As ever, we take these reports with a pinch of salt, especially in light of how secretive the organization seems to be in the lead-up to this week’s game and some of the recent reports which have proven inaccurate such as those on Santonio Holmes’ status. However, judging by the fact he hasn’t been practicing, it does seem extremely unlikely they would proceed with Sanchez on Sunday.

In terms of cutting Sanchez, the cost involved is the same whether he’s on or off the team, so it may come down to how much of a positive influence he’s seen to be backstage. I would imagine the Jets would prefer to save some cap room by trading him to another team, having paid most of his salary out as a bonus beforehand so that the acquiring team would only be on the hook for a much smaller amount. None of this would need to happen before Sunday though, so I think we can safely say that the organization is probably in wait-and-see mode.