Mark Sanchez visited Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. on Wednesday morning to have his balky right (throwing) shoulder checked out. The initial fear last week was that Sanchez had torn his labrum. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday night that Sanchez indeed likely has suffered a labrum tear and will require season-ending surgery.
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As we all remember, Sanchez was injured in the third preseason game when coach Rex Ryan decided to throw his quarterback into the game in the fourth quarter behind a patchwork offensive line comprised of undrafted free agents and backups to the backups. Sanchez was popped by now ex-Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin and driven into the turf. His Jets career has now likely come to a close.
Gang Green will move forward with Geno Smith as the starter, while Matt Simms and Brady Quinn handle backup duties for the remainder of the season. (The Jets had already turned the page on Sanchez.) Sanchez will collect his guaranteed $8.25 million salary on injured reserve, and then the Jets will cut him after the Super Bowl and save $8.3 million against the 2014 salary cap. The move will also result in a $4.8 million cap hit, but the gains outweigh the losses. There’s no doubt Sanchez has played his last down as a member of the New York Jets.
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News Nugget #2
Julio Jones (knee) and Roddy White (ankle) both missed practice on Wednesday. White’s injury has been well-documented over the past week. He’s dealing with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered in the second preseason game. Falcons brass repeatedly denied that the sprain was of the high-ankle variety, but White cleared the air last week and confirmed his injury.
Jones, on the other hand, has played through various minor bumps and bruises throughout his short career. This one seems to be no different. While the missed practice raises an eyebrow, we wouldn’t have cause for concern unless he ended up missing Thursday’s session, as well. Treat Jones as you normally would. He’s a top-five fantasy receiver every week.
White’s situation remains muddied. After missing much of practice last week as the team prepared for the opener against the Saints, White was merely a decoy in the loss. He reeled in two passes for 19 yards, though he looked like he was moving reasonably well. After the game, White tweeted out to fantasy owners. (White is one of the more active fantasy football-playing NFLers.) He warned owners by saying, “If I don't participate in practice, then don't start me. It's a red flag.” White has played through “questionable” tags multiple times throughout his career. He’s never missed a game. It would be hard to bench White if he’s among the game day actives. We still have two more practice days left before the Falcons host the Rams, but it’s shaping up as another down-to-the-wire decision for White on Sunday.
News Nugget #3
Coach Gary Kubiak admitted Tuesday that he regretted not giving Ben Tate more touches in Monday night’s comeback win over the Chargers. Tate received just 11 touches, compared to 24 for Arian Foster.
"I wish it would have come out a little more closer to even; I think I said that after the game," Kubiak said. "Obviously, it was Arian's first time out this year. He didn't play any in the preseason. I think Ben's had an excellent preseason. I want to keep it somewhat close right now and watch them working to [see] what's going on."
While we’d like to think Tate will see a bigger role in the coming weeks, Kubiak said similar things last week leading up to the Chargers game. The reality is that Kubiak and the Texans trust Foster. And as long as he’s healthy and not looking completely run down by his heavy workload, Foster is going to handle close to 70 percent of the touches. Foster left yards on the field in Week 1, but it was his first game action since last year’s playoffs. Foster remains a strong mid- to back-end RB1 in fantasy, while Tate is going to be a weekly gamble for owners in the flex spot.
Quarterback/Running Back Slants
Tony Romo (ribs) was in full pads and practicing Wednesday. … Robert Griffin III (knee) insisted he’s 100 percent. … Rams running back Daryl Richardson sat out Wednesday’s practice with what the team is calling a foot injury. Richardson got his foot looked at on the sidelines in the opener, but later returned. Coach Jeff Fisher says he was just giving Richardson a day off Wednesday. We have no reason not to believe him. Richardson remains a strong RB2/flex option this week against Atlanta. … Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday’s practice. … Giants running back Da’Rel Scott injured his knee in Wednesday’s practice. The MRI showed no structural damage. … Reggie Bush (thumb, groin) is practicing in full. … Coach Bill Belichick gave Stevan Ridley a vote of confidence, saying the Patriots are “going to need him” this season. He’s a lock to see 20-plus touches Thursday night. … Coach Andy Reid said he thinks Jamaal Charles (quad) “will be okay” for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Charles was given the day off Wednesday. … The Giants remain noncommittal on whether David Wilson will start Sunday. We expect him to lead the backfield in touches even if he doesn’t “start.” … Coach John Fox said the Broncos will continue to use all three of their running backs this week. … The Steelers are now aiming to get Le’Veon Bell (foot) back in about a month.
Wide Receiver/Tight End Slants
Sidney Rice (knee) was limited in Wednesday’s practice. He’s going to be seen frequently on the injury report but will likely play most weeks. … Terrance Williams is in danger of losing the No. 3 receiver job in Dallas to Dwayne Harris. Williams dropped two passes and ran a wrong route on a play that resulted in an interception in Sunday night’s win. Eric Decker (shoulder) and Wes Welker (ankle) were limited in practice. Neither will miss Sunday’s game. Danny Amendola (groin) is listed as doubtful for Thursday night. Don’t expect him to play. His status for Week 3 is also reportedly in question. … Cecil Shorts (groin) was limited Wednesday. His stock gets a boost with Chad Henne now under center for Jacksonville. … Jeremy Kerley (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday night. … Free agent Brandon Lloyd has no plans to continue his career. … Dez Bryant (foot) practiced Wednesday. … The Colts want T.Y. Hilton to get the ball more. Hilton caught just three passes in the opener. Kenbrell Thompkins’ Week 1 performance was classified as “pretty awful” by a local newspaper. He’s going to need to step up on Thursday night. … Santonio Holmes (foot) suffered no setbacks in the opener. … Larry Fitzgerald was limited Wednesday, while Rob Housler (ankle) remains out of Cardinals practice. There’s no reason to worry about Fitzgerald. … Owen Daniels (back, groin) was limited in practice. Daniels is 30 now. He’s going to need days off during the week. … Dwayne Allen (hip) did not practice for the Colts. His MRI came back clean Monday. … Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Jets. Rob Gronkowski is doubtful. Sudfeld is not a recommended fantasy option this week. … Jermichael Finley sat out on Wednesday with a toe injury. He insists he’ll play this week. … Seahawks signed Kellen Davis to be their No. 3 tight end. … Marcedes Lewis (calf) remains absent from practice. … Heath Miller (knee) is expected to practice this week ahead of Monday night’s game against the Bengals. … Charles Clay played too many snaps for the Dolphins in Week 1.