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.
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 the Jets are "doing this in keeping with our primary goal of giving Mark every chance to return to practice and play this season, and paying attention to where he is in the rehab process and how he can best do that."
"Originally, his prognosis was pretty unpredictable and he's had a history of excellent rehab," Idzik said. "We've gone about three weeks now. We took a little time, Mark took a little time last week to get numerous medical opinions and, after weighing all those, the consensus was that this was the proper thing to do."
Idzik said surgery is not in the plans right now.
"I think right now the consensus is the conservative approach," he said. "The nonsurgical approach we're taking is the proper approach. It's the proper approach for Mark, both short term and long term. And I think we just have to see how ... Mark progresses and where he is, specifically six weeks, eight weeks down the line."
On Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it is "realistic" for Sanchez to play again this season.
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.
On Saturday, Sanchez said, "The only thing I said about competing for the job or winning the competition is the same thing I've said since spring, that I'm going to compete and plan to win the job. I've said that from Day 1. I've planned to be the starter since I was a rookie. So, nothing's changed there. Now, I'm in a position where I have to wait a little time. I think we're making the decision that's best for the team (and) best for my medical health. We're all on the same page. I'll come back hopefully in eight weeks and be ready to play."