"That six week period really marries up with what we're hearing from the latest medical information," Jets general manager John Idzik said on a conference call Saturday.
Premature reports surfaced earlier in the week indicating Sanchez would undergo surgery on his shoulder and miss the remainder of the season. While Sanchez could avoid surgery, placing him on the IR-recall list is an admission he wasn't ready to see the field in the short term.
On the conference call, Sanchez said he is "expecting to be the starter" when he returns to the active roster.
Saturday's decision means that competition will be on hold for at least the next six weeks. Smith has that time to put a stranglehold on the job, something he hasn't done in the first two weeks.