Florham Park, NJ (Sports Network) - New York Jets quarterback Mark
Sanchez underwent season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder Tuesday.
The procedure was performed by noted specialist Dr. James Andrews.
"After over seven weeks of hard work and intense rehab, I've been advised by
Dr. Andrews and other doctors that my shoulder injury clearly needs to be
addressed surgically," Sanchez said in a statement. "The injury was recovering
at an encouraging rate early on, and I avoided surgery as long as I could, but
ultimately I was counseled by the doctors that they simply would have to
repair my shoulder."
Sanchez suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of the Jets' third
preseason game against the Giants while playing with reserve offensive
linemen. He was placed on injured reserve Sept. 14 with a designation to
"Throughout this process, our goal has been to provide Mark every opportunity
to return this season. He and our medical staff have worked very diligently to
that end and now it has been concluded that surgery is required. He will have
our full support for a complete recovery," said Jets general manager John Idzik.
Sanchez will not take the field during his fifth season with the Jets, who
selected the USC product with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft. He
helped New York to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons,
but has struggled since.
In 15 games last season, Sanchez threw for 2,883 yards with 13 touchdowns and
18 interceptions. He was sacked 34 times and lost eight fumbles.
The Jets selected Geno Smith in the second round of this past April's draft
and the West Virginia product was named the starting quarterback before the
Smith helped the Jets claim a last-second 30-28 win at Atlanta on Monday.
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