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ESPN is stating that the Jets may put Mark Sanchez on injured reserve instead of cutting him if they decide to replace him. He has a large guaranteed contract and cutting him is a large salary cap hit.

Sanchez clearly does not have a season ending injury. My understanding is that the player has to clear waivers before he can be put on injured reserve, but that isn't a lot of protection, no team has cap space left at the start of the season.

So can a team arbitrarily decide to put you on injured reserve no matter what?

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I'd actually first ask whether the CBA permits placing an uninjured player on IR at all. –  Michael Myers Sep 3 '13 at 15:59
that is a good question, but there is also 'how injured'. If you can reasonably come back in a few weeks,but the team doesn't want to reserve the roster spot, it looks like the team can decide to put you on IR. I also think some players who are going to be cut get played on 'season ending IR' at the end of training camp. This is probably with their ok, since they still get paid, but I don't know for sure. –  Bob Sep 24 '13 at 17:27

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