Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has undergone surgery on the torn labrum in his shoulder effectively ending his season before it ever really got started.
Sanchez joins Ahmad Bradshaw and Julio Jones as the league’s latest catastrophes.
Sanchez said in a statement released today:
“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. I’m very disappointed that I can’t be out there to help my team on the field, but I’ll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can. I want to thank Dr. Montgomery, Dr. Andrews, Dr. Burns and Jets trainer John Mellody for helping me through this process and advising me along the way. All doctors expect a full recovery and I look forward to getting back on the field. Until then, Go Jets!”
This may be the official end of Mark Sanchez in a New York Jets uniform, which with the way Geno Smith is playing and the way Sanchez has performed since the 2011 season, may not be the worst thing in the world.
Sanchez was injured in the 4th quarter of the Jets 3rd pre-season game on a hit by Marvin Austin. The original injury was a bruised right shoulder joint, and further tests revealed a torn labrum.
Rex Ryan was grilled for playing Sanchez in that game after Geno Smith had played the first 3 quarters and Sanchez ended up getting hurt while playing with “a bunch of back-ups”.
The story to watch for as we enter the off-season is how much interest the former 5th overall pick in the draft draws from the rest of the league. Sanchez is the winningest quarterback in Jets playoff history, believe it or not.
He’s certainly not coming back to the Jets, and a possible destination may be a reunion with his former college coach Pete Carroll in Seattle.