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NEW YORK -- Mark Sanchez has his sights set on returning to the field this season -- as the New York Jets starting quarterback. Mike Napoli Jersey . Well, at least in a few months. Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks while he recovers from an injured right shoulder. "As far as making a decision thats best for the team and best for my medical health, were all on the same page," Sanchez said during a conference call. "Ill come back, hopefully, in eight weeks and be ready to play." Sanchez injured his right shoulder after replacing rookie Geno Smith in the fourth quarter of the teams third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery. Sanchez acknowledged that surgery is a possibility, but doctors are encouraged by his rehab so far. Some fans and media have suggested that Sanchez should have the surgery immediately, since it seems inevitable that he will need to do so. But the quarterback called those opinions "laughable" since thats not what the doctors have told him. "Theyve said, Hey, youre doing the right thing," Sanchez said. "So, unless everybody is lying and everybody has it out to get me, I think were OK." The exact nature of the injury has not been revealed by either Sanchez or the team, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum. Sanchez has been throwing passes left-handed during practices and was doing the same Thursday night before the teams 13-10 loss to New England. General manager John Idzik pointed out that Sanchez had a similar injury to his right shoulder in 2010, and didnt miss any time. Thats why the team took an initial "day-to-day" approach before making this decision. Sanchez was examined by the team doctors, Dr. James Andrews and consulted with several others in the last week. "After weighing all those, the consensus was that this was the proper thing to do," Idzik said. By placing him on the IR-designated for return, Sanchez must miss the next six weeks of practice but can rehab with the team at the Jets facility and take part in team meetings. He wont be able to play until after the Jets 10th game. The earliest Sanchez could be back is Nov. 17 at Buffalo, following the Jets bye week. "Im going to do everything I can to play and compete, like I always have," Sanchez said when asked if he feels hes entitled to being the starter when he returns. "And, I expect to play. Thats just the way I am. "Im expecting to be the starter. I always have been." Teams can place only one player on short-term IR per season. On Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it was very possible that Sanchez could be back. "If we didnt think itd be realistic that Mark would get on the field, then he would be put on IR," Ryan said Friday. "And thats not the case." Smith has started the Jets first two games and it appears will continue to be under centre while Sanchez is sidelined. Matt Simms and Brady Quinn are the other quarterbacks on the roster. Idzik maintained his stance that the team looks only at the upcoming game, so he would not commit to Smith as the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Sanchez appeared to have an edge in the tightly contested quarterback competition this summer after Smith struggled with three interceptions in the preseason game against the Giants. But, Ryan put Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter of that game, and the quarterback took a crunching hit to his shoulder from Marvin Austin. Ryan has been heavily criticized for that decision, but Sanchez has never publicly criticized the coach. "My personal opinion, and I dont know if anyone else agrees with me, but I dont think you heal right if you hold grudges," Sanchez said. "That negative stuff doesnt help." Ryan has insisted that despite assumptions, Sanchez had not won the quarterback competition at that point. In fact, the coach has never announced a winner for the job. Sanchez, however, said in an interview with NFL Network on Thursday that he felt he undoubtedly won the competition. He reiterated Saturday that he always believes he should be the starter. The injury has clouded Sanchezs future with the team, especially with the struggles he had the last two seasons with an NFL-leading 52 turnovers. But while Idzik wouldnt commit to Sanchez being on the team beyond this season, he said the quarterback is "unequivocally a very important part of this team." Sanchez, the teams first-round pick in 2009, said has no plans to play anywhere but in New York. "Absolutely, Im a Jet," he said. "Ive been a Jet since Day 1, and I dont plan on doing anything else. Im focused on this rehab and getting ready to play." Nomar Mazara Jersey . Off-Season Game Plan looks at what the Blue Jackets may do to build upon last seasons success to return to the playoffs again next year. Shin-Soo Choo Jersey .9 million deal Thursday. The 25-year McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season in helping the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 wins.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Another three-goal third led to another win for the Nashville Predators.Eric Nystrom had a goal and two assists to lead the Predators to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.Shea Weber, Paul Gaustad, and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville and Pekka Rinne stopped 17 shots to help the Predators open the season with their second straight victory.I thought everybody played a really hard game tonight, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette. I liked the game that we played. I liked it from start to finish.Antoine Roussel scored for Dallas, which has lost its first two.Gaustad and Nystrom scored 1:21 apart midway through the third period to put the Predators ahead 3-1.Gaustad scored the tiebreaking goal at 8:33 on a wraparound from the right side. Then, with the teams skating 4-on-4, Nystrom took a cross-ice pass from Gaustad before lifting a backhand past Dallas goalie Anders Lindback from the right side.Goose slid it over and I thought the D was going to poke it and it was a little too far away from him. Nystrom said. I pulled to my backhand, and I was actually thinking, This is going to be a bad shot, but I got pretty good wood on it.Josi added an empty-netter with 3 seconds remaining.Our top guys have struggled, and it has probably hurt us more than anything, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. If theyre going well, we are going to win.Lindback finished with 29 saves.In tight games, I need to make those saves that will keep us in it, Lindback said. Every point matters. Unfortunately today, I didnt capitalize and we as a team didnt manage to get back. So we will look forward and keep on goiing. Jonathan Lucroy Jersey. The assist on Nystroms goal completed a Gordie Howe hat trick for Gaustad, who got into a fight with Dallas Vernon Fiddler in the first period.Roussel put the Stars ahead at 7:14 of the opening period. From the left point, Trevor Daley passed to Roussel at the right faceoff dot, and Roussel skated to the bottom of the circle and sent a shot that deflected off the skate of Nashville defenceman Ryan Ellis and past Rinne.Weber tied it with 40.8 seconds remaining in the second as he elevated a wrist shot from the right point that ended up skipping between Lindbacks pads. It was his second goal in two games.Anytime you can score late in a period, thats killer when it happens against you and then obviously its a momentum booster going into the locker room, Weber said. You want to avoid giving them up but obviously take them when you can get them.Weber prevented the Stars from opening a two-goal lead midway through the second when he stopped a shot by Tyler Seguin from the right circle while Rinne was out of position after making a save seconds before.A seventh round draft pick of the Predators in 2007, Lindback spent two seasons in Nashville as Rinnes backup. After spending the last two years with Tampa Bay, he signed with the Stars on July 1.NOTES: Nashville has given up the first goal in both of its games this season. ... Weber led NHL defencemen in goals last season with 23. ... The home team won all five games between the two teams in 2013-14. ... Roussel scored a career-high 14 goals last season. 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