The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of interest in signing the recently cut former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez as a backup to Nick Foles. However, the Eagles are going to make sure that the 27-year-old Sanchez is healthy enough to play for them before they sign him, as he recently was given a “failed physical” designation by the Jets due to Sanchez still not ready to play after surgery on his right throwing shoulder on October 8th of last year.
It’s been 5 months since the surgery, but Sanchez is going to need more time before his right shoulder will be strong enough for him to play. Sanchez was hurt on August 24th, 2013 when he was tackled by 300+ New York Giants defensive tackle in a preseason game.
Sanchez "failed physical" termination w Jets was protocol. Won't affect next step – signing with Eagles. He's on good recovery from surgery
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 24, 2014
This was the game that the Jets head coach Rex Ryan thought it was a good idea to put Sanchez into the game in the 4th quarter of a meaningless game behind an offensive line filled with backups. Sanchez took a hit after throwing a pass, and he ended up suffering a bad shoulder injury.
Sanchez then spent close to two months trying to rehab his shoulder before giving up and having surgery on October 8th. Due to the injury, Sanchez ended up not playing at all in 2013, and he was put on injured reserve. It probably didn’t make the Jets owner too happy to pay Sanchez for not playing, but he had Ryan to thank for his injury.
The Jets finally released Sanchez on March 21at after signing veteran quarterback Michael Vick.
Before the Eagles sign Sanchez, they’re going to make sure that he can pass a physical by the Eagles’ team doctors before they go ahead and add him to the team. There’s still 6 months to go before the start of the season, and provided that Sanchez’s shoulder doesn’t need further surgery, he should be ready to go by the start of the season. He’s not going to play unless Foles gets injured, so it’s not a big deal.