The New York Jets placed quarterback Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.
Sanchez, who has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, can be activated after the 10th game of the season. He must miss at least six weeks of practice and eight games. The Jets are 1-1 this season.
Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it is "realistic" for Sanchez to play again this season. Sanchez reportedly does not need surgery for now and he can rehab the injury. Sanchez told the NFL Network on Thursday that his goal is to play this season.
Sanchez was injured in the fourth quarter of the Jets' third preseason game against the New York Giants when he was hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Sanchez was playing with the team's second unit.
General manager John Idzik said Sept. 4 that "we're not looking at (injured reserve). We're looking at Mark continuing to rehab. He's day to day."
Sanchez also told the NFL Network he was the clear winner of the quarterback competition. Ryan responded Friday by saying, "I never said he won the competition. That's his opinion. It's not about a company line. Apparently, if that's what he said then that's his opinion. Again there is that ongoing competition."
Ryan also said he had no problem with Sanchez thinking he won the job because he wants players to have confidence in their abilities.