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Sanchez decides to have season-ending surgery

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After a game in which rookie quarterback Geno Smith tried to create his own take on the butt fumble, the originator has apparently decided he won’t be suiting up for the Jets again this season.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former Jets starter Mark Sanchez has decided to have shoulder surgery after attempting rehab, a decision which will require a 4- to 6-month rehab.

The Jets gave Sanchez a chance to come back by putting him on injured reserve-designated for return, but by having surgery, that won’t be happening.

But with the team staking itself to Smith, it’s hard to not read Sanchez’s action as a swipe at the team, especially since they’re on the hook for his $8 million salary this year, and were widely expected to move on without him next year.

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  1. azarkhan says: Sep 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    My understanding is that a torn labrum almost always requires surgery, so I’m not sure why Sanchez waited. It’s been clear for sometime that he is not in the Jets plans for the future.

  2. scaredhitless says: Sep 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    Adios Muchacho!

  3. hanklee1989 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    Funny how the timing for this comes right as Rex says he hasn’t considered benching Geno. Very chicken or the egg-esque.

    At this point, Sanchez should get the surgery, rehab, and come back ready to play for a team that doesn’t win the Bridgewater sweepstakes. That team will either hit the jackpot and he’ll flourish in a new environment, or they’ll win the 2014 NFL Draft

  4. ryann252013 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:32 PM

    It’s a shame this is how his NYJ career ended. I hate how the guy played and all but he was always a class act and I won’t forget those exciting playoff runs.Good luck mark!

  5. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Sep 30, 2013 2:32 PM

    $8 million buys a lot of hot dates to the food court. Mark’s gonna have more time to bump into girls coming out of Wet Seal now.

  6. serkeljerks says: Sep 30, 2013 2:32 PM

    I’m sure it was a really hard thing for him…..eh, hmmm ‘not’…..

  7. bmore44 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    I would’ve too. Lol this might be job security next year. Smith isn’t getting any better.

  8. 4thquartermagic says: Sep 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    Hahaha and THAT’S how bad the Jets are.

    Sanchize saw what Geno had to work with and was like, “Uhhhh no thanks.”

    USC quarterbacks…

  9. scoops1 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    Maybe Sanchez should interview for the USC Coaching Job

  10. dannyreneau says: Sep 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    Good for Sanchez. Maybe he’ll be out of sight long enough for another team to forget how bad he is and give him a chance.

  11. geefan1 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    Smart move on his part. He’s done in NY, so why not use the time to get his body right for a tryout as a back-up with another team in 2014.

  12. rr2000k says: Sep 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    Career ending…..he won’t start anywhere else.

  13. coltzfan166 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    I think all of us saw this coming

  14. txtuff says: Sep 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    Who wants to play for the Jets? No surprise.

  15. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    Nobody is counting on Sanchez to lead them to victory this year, so it makes perfect sense to just get himself repaired and rehabbed for next season when he looks to tryout for a new team. In my mind’s eye… I’ve always seen Mark Sanchez playing for the Dolphins for some reason, and with all the Hispanic fans in South beach he can go back up Tannehill and trade secrets for a division rival of his former team. That’s just my gut feeling.

  16. dogman9 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Outstanding news. Now real NYJ fans do not have to give Sanchez another thought –

    1) Continue to start Geno in 2013
    2) Any injury, then go with Matt Simms
    3) Evaluate QB position after the season
    4) Sanchez big salary cap hit ends this year and he can be cut in the offseason or traded to a very desperate team!

  17. dexterismyhero says: Sep 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Will he still wear that stupid headband?

  18. runmarshawnrun says: Sep 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    He should start a Passing Academy with Tim Tebow. They can invite Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Tim Couch, and JaMarcus Russell as guest speakers.

  19. alexb1234 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    i feel bad for mark and im a jets fan…..hopefully he turns his career around and people think of a new joke besides buttfumble….

    leave the guy alone he’s been nothing but a class act off the field…he’ll start again someday, the guy has 4 road playoff wins and 2 of those are against guys named Tom and Peyton….good luck

  20. coachkilla6 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Karma for the booger wiping incident on Brunell a few seasons ago.

  21. alltee says: Sep 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    i think you meant to say career ending surgery, although its not teh surgery that eneded his career

    good news is geno smith looks like he is on path to follow sanchez’s glorious career

  22. dowhatifeellike says: Sep 30, 2013 2:43 PM

    “You’re telling me I can get my arm fixed, still get paid, and not have to play for the Jets this year?

    What’s the catch?”

  23. goawayeverybody says: Sep 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    Ha ha ha I love it, this is Mark Sanchez’ way of sticking it to the Jets! You gotta love it!

    Now the Jets are stuck with the horrible Geno Smith for the rest of the year!

  24. goawayeverybody says: Sep 30, 2013 2:48 PM

    ——————————–
    runmarshawnrun says:
    Sep 30, 2013 2:40 PM
    He should start a Passing Academy with Tim Tebow. They can invite Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Tim Couch, and JaMarcus Russell as guest speakers.
    ————————————-

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha comment of the year!

  25. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 2:49 PM

    You can’t help looking around the league today and wondering what happened. Sanchez never had the makings of an elite quarterback, but he was good enough to get these guys deep into the playoffs and to make himself a kind of New York golden boy. Next thing you know they can’t wait to get rid of him. Did everything turn sour when he started dating the high school girl or when Tebow signed on and sucked all the light out of the room?

  26. fordmandalay says: Sep 30, 2013 2:49 PM

    And that’s effectively the end of Sanchez’s career. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the luckiest man who ever lived.

  27. henryd3rd says: Sep 30, 2013 2:51 PM

    dexterismyhero says: Sep 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Will he still wear that stupid headband?

    To all you haters; 8 million dollars buys a lot of head bands.

  28. wardawg42 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:53 PM

    Ray Rice should go join him. What a worthless bum. Time to retire Ray Rice you big woman. Go join Ray Lewis as his mini me.

  29. uwsptke says: Sep 30, 2013 2:53 PM

    Well good thing they wasted that “Designated for Return” label on him, since that’s not happening.

  30. fievel03 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:54 PM

    runmarshawnrun says:
    Sep 30, 2013 2:40 PM
    He should start a Passing Academy with Tim Tebow. They can invite Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Tim Couch, and JaMarcus Russell as guest speakers.
    ——————————-
    The only topic they’d cover is “What to do when everyone passes on you?”

  31. earpaniac says: Sep 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    I wonder if he’ll even get to be a backup. I can’t picture him as a starter w/o miraculous improvement.

  32. goodellblowz says: Sep 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    CFL time?

  33. pixelito says: Sep 30, 2013 2:58 PM

    Even Sanchez wants nothing to do with that further-regressing organization of losers.

  34. stigman2012 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    Sad part is…over the course of the past decade, Carson Palmer is the most successful USC quarterback in the NFL.

  35. tincansailor981 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:08 PM

    Even the rats are jumping off the burning ship. Can’t say I blame him; who wants to be associated with the fiasco the Jets have become?

  36. steelerben says: Sep 30, 2013 3:08 PM

    It is pretty solid as a stick-it-to-the-Jets move. Not only does he ensure that if Geno stumbles that they can’t turn to him, but the designated to return tag can only be used once and he forced them to waste it. That should show them for paying you millions of dollars to live out the dream of young boys everywhere as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

  37. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 30, 2013 3:17 PM

    One more USC let down, it’s sad

  38. purpleman527 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:22 PM

    Why does Sanchez wear a hair thingy just like my teenage daughters wear?

  39. scmems07 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:23 PM

    guess he figures he was the “butt” of the jokes for the past couple years, now he can sit back and watch the new joke in smith.

  40. pftfan says: Sep 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    azarkhan says: Sep 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    My understanding is that a torn labrum almost always requires surgery, so I’m not sure why Sanchez waited. It’s been clear for sometime that he is not in the Jets plans for the future.

    —————————–

    So true, which I was puzzled as well as to why he tried to “rehab it back”.

    But at the end of the day, his season was over regardless of when he got the surgery. The only risk is he could’ve further damaged the socket by trying to rehab through it.

  41. metalhead65 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:28 PM

    you just cost yourself a chance of catching on with another team because you will be rehabbing instead of working out this spring. should have had it done right a way especially after the way the jets treated you.

  42. silverhornet says: Sep 30, 2013 3:29 PM

    He really did get the last laugh on the Jets. Not only is the timing perfect but also they used the injured but designated for return “tag” on him. Now, he’s obviously not coming back so the Jets wasted the DFR on him.

    Of course, you could argue that it was a waste to use it on him anyway but that is besides the point.

  43. bullcharger says: Sep 30, 2013 3:40 PM

    Tebow – Wins a playoff game in his first year, now can’t even find a team that wants him.

    Sanchez – Takes team to back to back AFC championship games, now will be a back up somewhere if he’s lucky.

    Even Kurt Warner almost was booted from the league when was between gigs with the Giants.

    It’s amazing how hard it is to be a successful NFL QB.

    You have to give Manning, Brady, Big Ben, Eli and even Flacco props. NFL QB is probably the hardest job to hold down in the US and to sustain that for a long period of time is an amazing feat.

  44. expertop says: Sep 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    Matt Cassel played a good game yesterday. Go USC?

  45. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    I was hoping he’d be back. He’s drive a little car onto the field and a bunch of clowns would come out and help him get out onto the Jets homefield!

  46. peehergriphon says: Sep 30, 2013 3:48 PM

    NY Jets, one and only home of the Butt Fumbles!

  47. kwjsb says: Sep 30, 2013 3:48 PM

    Smarter than I thought, why get involved in this mess, get the surgery and wait for the next front office and coaching staff, If they release you, free agent QB’s that have started get overpaid.

  48. usmutts says: Sep 30, 2013 3:49 PM

    When Sanchez came into the league he was good enough to play in conference championship games. The last two years he’s seemed incompetent. Why the regression?

    In the beginning he hadn’t been coached long by Rex Ryan and his staff of pro coaches. The more they coached him the poorer he played. Coincidence? Not likely. After all, the more the Jets entire team has been coached by Ryan the worse they’ve gotten.

    Sanchez is doing the best thing for his career. With a new team and a competent coaching staff he could probably be in the league a long time. I wish him well.

  49. jetsarestacked says: Sep 30, 2013 3:51 PM

    i like sanchez and hate to see anyone get hurt, but this ended up perfect for the jets. lets see if geno is legit. he is a far better passer than sanchez ever was. needs to work on protecting the football though. if he can do that, the sky is the limit.

  50. sdelmonte says: Sep 30, 2013 3:54 PM

    Sigh. The Jets continue to be a circus if Sanchez is really just doing this to screw the team. And the Giants are a hot mess and likely to be a circus soon.

    Hockey season can’t start soon enough for me.

  51. bennyb82 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:02 PM

    Not a Jets fan. Not a Sanchez fan…but I would be interested in seeing what he could do with a solid running game and a couple legit receivers.If Glennon does not impress, I could see Tampa Bay signing him. He would be an upgrade in Jacksonville.

  52. george1859 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:02 PM

    Like I said before. I’ve had two torn Labrums.
    Funny that ANYBODY suggested therapy.
    There is no therapy other than have the thing sewn back on to the bone.
    Expect 1 1/2 years before he’s 100%.

  53. rcali says: Sep 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    Nice job Rex! Enjoy your newest turnover machine Geno Smith. Good luck at your new job next year!

  54. onbucky96 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:10 PM

    Good for Mark. Fix the problem on the Jets dime. And make sure to issue a double Bud Adams out the door.

  55. dogman9 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    Feel sorry for Sanchez? Are you high? Dude has like $50 mill in the bank, he was one of the last QB’s to strike it rich before new CBA.

  56. jayniner says: Sep 30, 2013 4:44 PM

    Sanchez should just come and admit it’s a torn Labium….just look at the headbands he wears.

  57. ralphwilsonisrich says: Sep 30, 2013 4:45 PM

    Classy move by getting your Qb hurt who at least got you to the championship games Rexy Ryan.

  58. nolagirl says: Sep 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    What a drama queen…with your girl band hairdo and your tragic little love triangle with Crybaby-PickMe!-PickMe!-Geno and the Tattoo-You-Coach…I can’t wait to hear each about each and every stirring moment of your courageous journey back to former glory as the manly man who once beat out the great Timothy Tebow. Please post frequent pictures of the 8 million dollars’ worth of head bands you apparently will purchase this year. Best of luck and don’t ever lose that glowing “Sanchismo” because it really, really, really does look Fabulous! on you, very slimming… BFF!

  59. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Sep 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    Sanchez’s season ended a long long time ago.

  60. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:05 PM

    If Sanchez is smart he will ride off into the sunset and enjoy his millions never having to work another day in his life.

    Laughing all the way to the bank at the Jets who were stupid enough to give him the contract extension that made it impossible to cut him this year.

  61. pixelito says: Sep 30, 2013 5:10 PM

    Just in time for Jet fans to point the blame for all their failures on Geno.

    Sit tight Matt, you’re next!

  62. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 30, 2013 5:13 PM

    Sanchez sensed Rex was reaching for his pencil… and… wanted to make Rex and the Jets suffer with Geno for the rest of the season.

  63. jrbdmb says: Sep 30, 2013 5:22 PM

    Smart move by Sanchez … if he f’ed up his shoulder playing for the Jets there is no issue in having them pay for his rehab.

    Now at least he has a chance of getting a job in 2014, and the Jets get rid of a potential headache. Win win if you ask me.

  64. lanman11 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:31 PM

    Did you say he has a torn labia?

  65. shuttaman1990 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:41 PM

    Pop Goes the Weasel(jets season)

  66. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 30, 2013 5:51 PM

    and now Sanchez will go be the back up in Seattle, millions in pocket, and still be in the NFL to help him with his social life.

    Some guys just have all the luck…..

  67. tigerlilac says: Sep 30, 2013 5:52 PM

    People seem to forget that Sanchez quarterbacked a roster of of Eric Mangini’s guys. Rex brought in some, including Sanchez, but maybe Mangini was the genius Tony Soprano said he was.

  68. jcfinest says: Sep 30, 2013 6:17 PM

    After watching the game on sunday i would also have season ending surgery. If Geno plays like that again i might have season ending watching.

  69. jimiinpa says: Sep 30, 2013 6:35 PM

    Sanchez decides to have season-ending surgery—————————-shouldn’t it read as career ending?

  70. doggeatdogg says: Sep 30, 2013 6:40 PM

    If they weren’t watching before, now Louisville games will be carried out by the NY market.

  71. daknight93 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:41 PM

    Mark can always tryout for the Jags quarterback opening and probably win the job.

  72. zeke2517 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:43 PM

    “But with the team staking itself to Smith, it’s hard to not read Sanchez’s action as a swipe at the team…”

    Well, sure, if you’re in the business of making up crap for the sake of generating website hits.

    Or, maybe, his shoulder isn’t getting better and he wants to get it fixed. That’s not hard to imagine. Hack.

  73. granadafan says: Sep 30, 2013 7:05 PM

    We rightfully mock the below average QBs from U$C that infect the NFL. However, they can’t hold a candle to the busts from the entire state of Florida since the 90s including Miami, FSU, and Florida. The list is a horror show

  74. rg3andthensome says: Sep 30, 2013 7:37 PM

    DOES EVERYONE HATE SANCHEZ AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE?

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