It could be a while before Mark Sanchez is capable of even throwing a football again.

The Jets quarterback’s shoulder injury is significant enough he is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season and may be out longer according to a source.

Sanchez injured his right shoulder on Aug. 24 in a preseason game against the Giants. The Jets have said he is “day-to-day” but Sanchez has not thrown a football yet according to a source and may not until the week after the team faces the Patriots on Sept. 12.

According to a source the doctors don’t want Sanchez to try to throw too soon and make his injury worse. There is a fear he could do further damage to the shoulder and possibly miss the rest of the season. At the moment the Jets do not think Sanchez will need to be placed on injured reserve.

On Monday Sanchez refused to admit he was not playing this week saying he still was working to be ready.

“I’m trying I’m trying” he said. “We’ll make a good push this week and see where I’m at. You just want to take this thing slow take it the right way make the right progression without reinjuring yourself.”

Sanchez’s injury leaves rookie Geno Smith as the starter against the Buccaneers Sunday and likely against the Patriots a week from tomorrow. That will be a tough turnaround for the second-round pick from West Virginia.