When the Patriots and Jets square off in Week 2 on Thursday night (did you know? You can start previewing it with CBSSports.com's live show at 7:30 p.m. ET right here) Mark Sanchez will be nowhere to be seen. The Jets backup quarterback was reportedly slated to have season-ending surgery but it appears that's not the case.

In fact Sanchez told NFL Network's Rich Eisen that his doctors are "pleasantly surprised" by the way he's progressing and that he plans to "get back on the field" for the Jets in 2013.

That's a certainly surprise and potentially too optimistic. Not that Sanchez and his doctors are wrong about his health per se but they might be wrong about the Jets actually playing him once he returns. The injury of course was the highlight of the Jets season.

But the real highlight of Eisen's conversation with Sanchez was the backup saying "there's no doubt" he beat out Geno Smith to be the Jets starter before his preseason injury occurred.