FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It doesn't sound as if Mark Sanchez is ready for shoulder surgery -- at least not anytime soon.
In an interview Thursday with Rich Eisen of the NFL Network, Sanchez said doctors are "pleasantly surprised" by his "progress," and that he intends to "get back on [the] field" this season, according to several tweets by Eisen (see here, here and here).
On Wednesday night, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reported that Dr. James Andrews, who examined Sanchez earlier in the day, confirmed a labral tear in the throwing shoulder and said surgery was likely. The report indicated that Sanchez could opt to rehab the shoulder in an effort to play at some point this season, but still likely would need surgery at the end of the year.
Sanchez didn't deny there's a tear in his shoulder, telling Eisen, "I really can't get into that." Sanchez said he's frustrated by the injury because "I won the competition, no doubt." He was the presumptive starter until he hurt his shoulder against the Giants in the preseason. Jets coach Rex Ryan never actually declared a winner to the quarterback competition, naming Geno Smith the starter by default.
The Jets declined to comment before Thursday night's game against the Patriots. Sanchez may be available to speak to reporters afterward.
The organization has said little about the injury, calling it day-to-day. Still, it's likely that Sanchez has played his last game with the Jets. If the two sides disagree on the severity of the injury, it could lead to an ugly divorce.