Now that rookie Geno Smith has been named the New York Jets starting quarterback for the season opener Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a person close to ailing Mark Sanchez told USA TODAY Sports that the quarterback "believes the organization wants to see him placed on (injured reserve) and be done with him."

The person added that Sanchez who is nursing a shoulder injury believes the Jets think "it makes it cleaner and easier" that way.

The person said Sanchez fears the "organization has turned its back on Mark and is prepared to move on. It is ready to start fresh with Geno."

Another person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Sanchez's shoulder "is progressing and it's too early to tell if he will be placed on IR."

Both persons requested anonymity because Sanchez has not spoken publicly about his fears.

So it appears the injury that put head coach Rex Ryan under fire might be the team's way to cut ties with Sanchez the former first-round pick or at least marginalize him for what is likely to be his final season with the Jets.

If placed on injured reserve Sanchez could be lost for the season. The Jets are allowed to designate one player to return from injured reserve after Week 8 but it's unlikely that would be Sanchez because the Jets have stockpiled quarterbacks.

They recently signed veteran Brady Quinn and Matt Simms won a training camp battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot.

Ryan seemed to hedge on Sanchez's status Monday saying "If Mark's healthy then yes I would say he'll be part of this team." Ryan added that injured reserve "is not what we're looking at right now." But he didn't rule it out.