The sign above the door glowed red: X-RAY IN USE. In the underbelly of MetLife Stadium last night, Mark Sanchez was behind the solid metal door, hidden from sight. The state of the Jets’ quarterback situation seemed just as unclear.
Sanchez’s pads were off. He had left the sideline moments earlier and walked down a tunnel with a bag of ice wrapped tightly to his right shoulder. He barely played enough to break a sweat. But his brief appearance in the fourth quarter of a preseason game whose final score was meaningless still managed to provide yet another twist to his competition with rookie Geno Smith to become the Jets’ starting quarterback.