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Jets owner seems to blame Mark Sanchez, not Rex Ryan, for Sanchez’s injury

Frank Schwab
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Every day around the New York Jets, the story gets a little weirder.

Part of that is the market. There's more scrutiny. Things get blown out of proportion sometimes.

But it sure seemed that Jets owner Woody Johnson was blaming Mark Sanchez for the shoulder injury the quarterback suffered in the third preseason game.

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After rookie Geno Smith had a terrible game against the Giants, Rex Ryan put Sanchez in the game with backups. Why, nobody knows (the Jets were trying to win the game, Ryan said ... which reinforces the point about the Jets becoming weirder by the day). Sanchez was under constant pressure behind the backup line, and finally took a big hit that injured his right shoulder. He won't play this week and it's possible he won't play again for the Jets, at least in a meaningful role.

And who's to blame? Let's listen to the Jets' owner give his opinion.

“I don’t have any regrets,” Johnson said, according to the New York Daily News, when asked about Ryan's decision to put Sanchez in a meaningless game. “He’s an experienced guy. I wish he hadn’t gotten hurt, but you got to protect yourself, too.”

Johnson, after having some time to consider what he said, and consider the backlash too, said he didn't mean that it was Sanchez's fault that he got hurt.

“I may have said or I’ve been accused of saying that Sanchez’s injury was his fault,” Johnson said later, according to the Daily News. “That was not my intent at all. Of course, it wasn’t his fault. He was trying to make a play.”

You can make your own judgment there.

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But no matter the backtracking, how do you think Sanchez feels about the initial quote? He was a big part of two long playoff runs by the franchise, and while he hasn't been the best quarterback, he has been a good employee for the Jets. And now he's out with an injury he suffered in a game that he never should have been put in to. He has handled all of the criticism and craziness with remarkable class, and yet the owner felt the need to say "you got to protect yourself," when asked about his injury?

One has to think that when the Jets finally do let Sanchez go, he'll feel quite a relief to be free of the circus.

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