Mark Sanchez has season-ending shoulder surgery

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Mark Sanchez is done as a New York Jet.

The Jets have announced that Dr. James Andrews will perform season-ending shoulder surgery on Sanchez today. With the team fully committed to Geno Smith as its quarterback of the future, there is almost no chance of Sanchez returning to the Jets in 2014. His time with the Jets has come to an end.

“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.”

The fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Sanchez was hailed as the franchise savior as the Jets went to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons. But Sanchez never improved as a passer and became the subject of intense criticism as his team struggled. Now Sanchez will rehab his shoulder and look to revive his career somewhere else next year.

76 responses to “Mark Sanchez has season-ending shoulder surgery

  1. As a pats fan this comment may surprise a lot of you but I dont think Sanchez is hopeless. most will point to his conference title appearances being the product of a great o line, run game and defense as to why he won so many road playoff games but i think he can play and be good enough to help some team down the road. best of luck mark!

  2. “Mark Sanchez is done as a New York Jet.”

    Mark Sanchez is done as an NFL quarterback.

  3. As a NY Jets fan, I have been on the Geno bandwagon the day we drafted him due to Mark Sanchez regression.

    But one thing for sure is this guy brought us the most exciting two years we have all had in a while. He sucks now..but I will never forget how he almost led a 24-0 come from behind victory against Pittsburgh in 2010 in the AFCG by coming out after the half and throwing 3 TDs.

    On that note even if I did get mad at him the past two years I wish him the best, he seems to have come from a great family with a very supportive father and mother. If your team has a foundation with a true #1 receiver, an O-line and a pass catching tight end and you’re in the cellar of your division. I would be looking at Mark Sanchez, he has proved he can get it done with a team built around him.

    Go Geno! Go Jets! Good luck Mark happy trails!

  4. With Rex’s genius plan of ‘taking out’ Sanchez in the preseason and passing the torch to a promising Geno it’s finally finally finally over!!!!! Its been long overdue you leaving and I don’t think I’m speaking alone in saying Thanks for the AFC Championship game seasons memories Mark, but the last two years have been excruciating like waiting for a withered & dehydrated grape to not only die but fall off its obligated & enabling systemic stem. Goodbye raisin Sanchez may you land somewhere as a serviceable backup or practice squad QB one day as your abilities indicate. We are free! This day is a day to celebrate!!!!!!, closing this chapter on the Butt Fumbler & writing a new chapter with all its Force & Verve (“300 Line”) with GenoIce!!!

  5. This Geno Smith hype is gonna blow up in their face AGAIN when he faces Cincinnati, new england (AGAIN – remember his 3 ints in Week 2), Buffalo (2 int in Week 3), new orleans, baltimore, and Miami (TWICE).

  6. When they did the surgery they found out that his shoulder was being held together by one of his headbands

  7. Best move Rex made in his Jets tenure: putting Sanchez in that preseason game and expose him to injury. Without that, he would have been fired today.

  8. He’s going to need that shoulder repaired on order to enhance his ability to hold a clipboard…

  9. You know….there’s something about a guy with a beard who is not afraid accessorize with say….a hair band….

  10. boots44 says:
    Oct 8, 2013 7:38 PM
    When they did the surgery they found out that his shoulder was being held together by one of his headbands



  11. Is it just me or has Mark been wearing that headband every since RGIII came in the league and did it?

  12. he’ll probably come back from surgery with a rocket are- like in that baseball movie “rookie of the year”
    and lead the jets to super bowl victory guarenteed by rex ryan.

  13. As a Jets fan, I hope he comes back as the backup next season. No one would push for him to start if Geno slips and he isn’t a bad backup.

  14. Boy how about those jets fans. Overhyped you when you were winning and couldn’t wait to bury you just as fast.

    Stay classy New Jersey, Geno is just an injury away from you turning all your blame to Rex instead.

  15. OK folks. AFTER Mark’s first two yrs in the NFL, the overwhelming majority of Jet’s fans would have and were saying they HAD their QB of the future.

    But, it didn’t turn out that way.

    People are saying that Geno is their QB now.

    Hey! What if Geno takes them to the conference finals this yr and next!

    That guarantees he’s their QB of the future right?

  16. The good news for Sanchez is that he gets to leave the circus. More than likely he’ll be with a franchise with more class than the Jets. He has as much talent as at least a few QBs starting in the league right now. Sign a 1 year deal in the off season and his career can get back on track. Working with mature professionals will help him a lot.

  17. Sanchez had ample opportunity never progressed. We’ve put up with the same old errors over & over & over again & again & again. Overthrows, missed throws, bad reads & turning the ball over game after game after game. Opportunity after opportunity squandered many games within reach with the occasional glimmer of performance that kept us Jets fans hoping for our renewed & restored QB to return. But it never came. He plateaued & regressed. It’s a cruel world.

    I don’t blame Sanchez. This outcome although unexpected in its outplay was long long long overdue mainly due to Rex’s misplaced loyalty.

    Time to part ways & say goodbye!

  18. I don’t usually make these comments, but I just can’t get over that hair thing he wears – it’s just like the one my 9 year old daughter wears…

  19. I find it amusing that the Jets fans are hyping up Geno after one good performance against a poor Falcons team.

  20. bucrightoff says: Oct 8, 2013 7:22 PM

    The only thing keeping the 2009 QB draft class from being a total failure is Megatron.


    Actually……… ah **** it I cant even disagree after last week’s game against GB… Stafford looked lost.

  21. Dr. James Andrews will also perform Wreck’s tattoo alteration from #6 to #7 simultaneously

    And yes, that IS covered as medically necessary under ObamaCare

  22. I guess that trade the Browns made to give up #5 that year looks a lot better in hindsight.

    Though one wonders, if he were on the Browns and not playing for a coach who threw him to the wolves and guaranteed he’d win a Super Bowl (twice) that perhaps he may have had a better chance to develop as a QB as early on he did show some promise.

  23. Unfortunately for Sanchez his rare good games will be remembered, on the other hand he’ll forever be remembered for the “Butt Fumble” that will be his calling card.

  24. 1rockyracoon says:
    Oct 8, 2013 8:37 PM
    The good news for Sanchez is that he gets to leave the circus.

    Still trying to reignite the tired “circus” narrative?


    Look, the Jets might not make the playoffs this year, but read the writing on the wall: they’ve got the seventh-youngest team in the league and $48 million of cap room next season.

    Their “rebuilding” process ended before it began, and they’re going to be decent or better for a few years now.

  25. Cannot believe the haters are still around like underfed ants at a picnic.
    The crap is over. It jumped the shark!!

    Where’s “wearethesteelers”?

    By the way, to those acne-laden hanger-ons: how did your team you picked this year do this week-end?

    Nevermind- it’s known.

  26. kisstherings says:
    Oct 9, 2013 1:02 AM
    I wish Dr. Andrews would surgically remove that ridiculous headband from his greasy hair for him while he’s at it. It looks absurd.

    You’ll find a picture of him for your wall, Gidget.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  27. It was probably the peer pressure from the 53 players on the other team in NY ending their season this week.

  28. I do give him credit for looking genuinely happy when the Jets came back, and for appearing to try to help Geno out as much as he can these first few weeks. I’m as annoyed as anyone when they show him on the sideline with the damn girls headband…..but good job out of him being a team guy and good luck to him wherever he goes.

  29. It makes sense that he fought getting the surgery as long as he did. How hot will his free agent stock be having been benched for performance at tge end of last season, replaced by a rookie that was called a reach in the second round, and then having surgery on his throwing shoulder?

    If he’s lucky he ends up third string on the Chiefs where Reid can work his magic and get him another starting job.

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