For Mark Sanchez, it's time for the Hail Mary.
Even though season-ending surgery appears likely, the New York Jets' former starting quarterback still hasn't made a final decision and will continue his rehab program for another couple of weeks with the hope of avoiding surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, sources said Monday night.
Sanchez was examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., where he underwent a battery of tests, sources said. This was a previously scheduled check-up. Sanchez is said to be progressing nicely in his rehab, but he's battling long odds. In the end, he probably will need to surgery to repair the damage.
However, Sanchez wants to at least try to throw a football before making that decision. He has been performing many shoulder exercises, but he has yet to throw a football since his Aug. 24 injury, sources said.
Sanchez is on the short-term injured reserve list and is eligible to return in Week 11. As much as he'd like to return to help the team, he also has to look out for his own future. Even though he's signed through 2016, he has received no assurances from the Jets that he'll be back. In all likelihood, he'll be released next March. Staring at the prospect of four to six months of post-surgical rehab, it makes sense to get it done soon so he can be healthy by free agency.
Curiously, the Jets declined to comment Monday on an NFL Network report that said Sanchez already had decided to have season-ending surgery. ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen later reported that Sanchez was continuing rehab and hadn't made definitive plans.