Mark Sanchez was throwing with his left arm Sunday. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

Sometime in the next day or two, the New York Jets’ quarterback situation will gain some clarity.

That’s when Mark Sanchez is expected to decide whether to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in the shoulder he uses to throw with or wait and hope it heals on its own. ESPN reports that Dr. James Andrews confirmed the tear and that unnamed sources said Sanchez is “likely to have surgery.”

Either option carries serious consequences for Sanchez, whose grasp on the starting job was tenuous even before Coach Rex Ryan sent him in to play late in a preseason game and he got hurt.

Sanchez wasn’t saying much Wednesday night, telling ESPN, “If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office. I would’ve stayed and got the surgery.”

Mortensen asked if he wanted to deny that he was likely to have surgery and Sanchez texted him: “There’s nothing to report. It’s reckless.”

No matter which option he chooses, his days with the Jets would appear to be numbered after leading them to the AFC title game twice. Rookie Geno Smith will start tonight against the New England Patriots.

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