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When Folk's kick flew through the uprights in the waning seconds, it all but ended Sanchez's hope of starting again in a Jets uniform.
Not only are the Jets afraid that he may have a torn labrum, via Chris Mortensen of ESPN, but the cold reality of the NFL is that jobs could be lost due to injury, no matter how unfair it is.
No one knows for sure who was going to be the quarterback if Sanchez was healthy for this game, but if Smith keeps winning and playing a competent level, the Jets would have no interest in turning back to Sanchez no matter how strong his training camp was.
The only path to Sanchez being a starter for the Jets again is if he gets healthy and Smith either suffers an injury of his own or completely falls apart over the next few months—both of which are extremely unlikely.
In the end, perhaps a quiet exit from the starting gig in New York is best for Sanchez. After all, he wasn't flat-out benched for performance this season, so he can keep his head held high as he focuses on his rehab and getting on with his career somewhere outside of New York.