Mark Sanchez Injury: Update on New York Jets Star's Injury

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets is sacked by Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Jets are in the process of being blown away by the Eagles in a must-win game, and to make matters worse, Jason Babin injured Mark Sanchez's neck and shoulder area in the process.

The Jets have a huge mountain ahead of them, and their quarterback being at less than 100 percent makes the climb that much steeper.


Fantasy Impact:

Obviously losing your starting quarterback during fantasy playoff time isn't ideal. It's unclear at this point whether or not Sanchez will have to miss any time, and it was clear that he was ready and willing to stay in the game, but any time spent away from the field could be devastating during this critical time of the year.


Who's the Backup:

Backup Mark Brunell will have Jets fans begging for Sanchez to reenter the lineup. Sanchez is back in the game, but should he be sidelined again, the veteran is unlikely to muster comeback heroics that render him a hero in this game. 


Devastation Scale: 6 out of 10

This jumps to a 10 if Sanchez misses any significant time. The Jets are fighting for their postseason lives, and though many are quick to pick Sanchez apart, the Jets' offense won't function without him.


Timeline for Return:

Sanchez is back in the game. Trainers undoubtedly have a watchful eye on him as he toughs it out and tries to will his team back to victory, but he's is in the lineup for the time being.


What They're Saying:

ESPN's Jane McManus reports that Sanchez has put back on his helmet to get back in the game after his apparent neck/shoulder injury.