(Sporting Alert) — The New York Jets (1-0) will again be without influential quarterback Mark Sanchez for Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots (1-0) as Week Two if the new NFL season starts.

And if reports are true, they could be without his service for a longer period.

Sanchez, according NFL Media reports, has a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder and may require doing surgery.

However, he apparently is in no rush to do surgery and will opt to explore other options during his time in rehab.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the playing saying via text message: “If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office.

“I would’ve stayed and got the surgery.”

So with Sanchez out again, Geno Smith is well set to continue playing as the Jets’ starting quarterback, with Brady Quinn and Matt Simms being his back up.

Rookie Smith complete 24 of his 38 passes in a Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay and has been tipped keep his spot.

Defensive end Quinton Coples (Ankle) did not practice and as expected is out so too is wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (Concussion).

New England Patriots, meanwhile, announced that running back Shane Vereen, who did not practice because of a wrist problem, will miss the game.

Danny Amendola (Groin) and Rob Gronkowski (Back/Forearm) are doubtful for the contest.


TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by theNFL Network on Thursday, September 12 starting at 8:25 PM EDT. The game can also be seen in the Boston area on WCVB-TV Channel 5.Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock will call the game. Alex Flannagan will report from the sidelines. The game will be produced by Bob Goodrich andMark Teitelman and directed by Artie Kempner.

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