Mark Sanchez placed on short-term IR; Colts’ Vick Ballard out for year

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, walks off the field with Dr. Andrew Willis, the team's associate orthopedist, after being injured during an Aug. 24 preseason game.
Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, walks off the field with Dr. Andrew Willis, the team's associate orthopedist, after being injured during an Aug. 24 preseason game.

NEW YORK — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks.

Sanchez injured his right shoulder in the team’s third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.

The exact nature of the injury has not been announced, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum.

By placing him on the IR-designated for return, Sanchez must miss the next six weeks of practice and won’t be able to play in a game until after the Jets’ 10th game. The earliest Sanchez could be back is Nov. 17 at Buffalo, following the Jets’ bye week.

Teams can place only one player on short-term IR per season. So, it appears there is a strong feeling in the organization that Sanchez could return to play, if needed, later this season.

On Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it was very possible that Sanchez could be back.

“If we didn’t think it’d be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR,” Ryan said Friday. “And that’s not the case.”

Geno Smith has started the Jets’ first two games and it appears will continue to be under center while Sanchez is sidelined. Matt Simms and Brady Quinn are the other quarterbacks on the roster.

Sanchez appeared to have an edge in the tightly contested quarterback competition this summer after Smith struggled with three interceptions in the preseason game against the Giants. But Ryan put Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter, and the quarterback took a crunching hit to his shoulder from Marvin Austin.

Sanchez said in an interview with NFL Network before the Jets’ 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday that he felt he undoubtedly won the competition.

It is believed that Sanchez’s recovery will require resting the shoulder some more before he begins to throw again, which is likely why the Jets decided to put him on IR. With Sanchez at least two months away from playing, it opens up a roster spot.

Colts

RB Ballard out for season: Colts starting running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Coach Chuck Pagano said that Ballard was hurt making a cut in practice Thursday.

Former New York Giants star Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start Sunday against Miami. The Colts (1-0) also promoted rookie Kerwynn Williams, their seventh-round draft pick, from the practice squad to the active roster. As a rookie in 2012, Ballard was Indy’s top rusher with 814 yards and two touchdowns. Last week, Ballard ran 13 times for 63 yards and was 6 for 6 on blitz pickups.

Broncos

CB Bailey will miss his second straight game: Champ Bailey will miss his second straight game because of a lingering left foot sprain that has sidelined him since Aug. 17.

Coach John Fox ruled Bailey out of the Denver Broncos’ game against the New York Giantsafter Bailey missed another practice Friday.

Bailey had expressed optimism about playing in the opener last week but he and the Broncos decided not to push it, hoping an extra 10 days would allow him to be healthy for Week 2.

Instead, he’ll miss consecutive games for only the fourth time in his 15-year NFL career.

Packers

Team may be without DB Burnett: The Green Bay Packers’ secondary didn’t play well without Morgan Burnett in their season-opening loss to San Francisco.

Knowing they must improve, the back end of the Packers’ defense may have to play another game with their top safety sidelined. Burnett is questionable for Green Bay’s home opener against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

He practiced Friday on a limited basis for the third straight day, but the coaches aren’t sure if Burnett will be cleared to play after having a setback with a hamstring injury last week.

“Morgan is further ahead than he was last week,” coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. “He has practiced more than the medical report (indicates) in the morning. So you feel good about that. But how he comes in here tomorrow and what goes on the next 48 hours will be the key if he plays.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said the team spent this week getting the young trio of M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian and Chris Banjo prepared to play Sunday in case Burnett isn’t available again.