Sept 14 (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Jets placed quarterback Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve, the team announced on 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.
He 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.
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.
"I think right now the consensus is the conservative approach," he said.
On Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it is "realistic" for Sanchez to play again this season.
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A football team in Russia reportedly has offered Tim Tebow $1 million to play in two playoff games.
"We have offered him $1 million for two games," Moscow Black Storm owner Mikhail Zaltsman told RBTH. "I talked with him personally and he wanted to go."
Zaltsman wants Tebow to fly to Moscow for the Black Storm's semi-final against the Moscow Patriots in the American Football Championship of Russia on Sept. 28 and also play in the final if they advance.
Tebow's agents reportedly are urging him to not play.
"They're thinking of using him as a motivational speaker," Zaltsman said. "They don't want him to play football."
Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos, is a free agent after being released by the New England Patriots on Aug. 31.
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The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and released offensive tackle Mike Person on Saturday.
McDonald was acquired in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 after spending the 2009 season on the Bengals' practice squad and playing in eight games in 2010. He had four tackles and a pass breakup.
The Seahawks released McDonald on Aug. 31. He has played in 29 games for Seattle, with one start, and has 60 tackles (38 solo) with the team.
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San Francisco 49ers right guard Alex Boone said he has a different idea for punishing Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who was fined $15,000 for his late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick last Sunday.
"Probably punch him in the face," Boone told CSNBayArea.com. "I don't want his money."
Matthews was penalized 15 yards for hitting Kaepernick after he ran out of bounds in the first half of the game.
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The Arizona Cardinals released cornerback Jamell Fleming on Saturday and promoted wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad in case wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald cannot play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Fitzgerald tweaked his hamstring on Wednesday and is questionable, the Arizona Republic reported.
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The Washington Redskins signed kicker John Potter on Saturday as insurance in case Kai Forbath is unable to play on Sunday because of a right groin injury, the Washington Post reported.
Potter, a former seventh-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, spent the preseason with the Redskins.
Forbath is listed on the team's injury report as questionable and is considered a game-time decision.
To make room for Potter, the Redskins waived quarterback Pat White.
White completed 28 of 50 passes for 330 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in four preseason games. He also rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries with three TDs.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers ruled out tight end Heath Miller (knee), cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) and running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) for Monday night's game at the Cincinnati Bengals.
The team could also be without reserve cornerback Curtis Brown due to an illness. (Editing by Gene Cherry)