New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez has season ending surgery

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talks with quarterback Geno Smith (7) during a time out against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s season is officially over.

On Tuesday, the team announced Sanchez would have surgery to repair his shoulder and he would officially be out for the season.

“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.

“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!”

With rookie Geno Smith leading the Jets to a 3-2 start, Sanchez’s days as a Jet are likely over and the five-year veteran will almost certainly be looking for work in the offseason.

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