Mark Sanchez likely needs season-ending shoulder surgery

9/12/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

It was reported on Sunday that the New York Jets feared that quarterback Mark Sanchez had a tear in his labrum, so the scapegoat signal caller made a trip to Dr. James Andrews - who never seems to bear good news - for a second opinion. As seems to be the norm, Dr. Andrews provided a gloomy diagnosis on Sanchez' shoulder - he has a labral tear that will likely require surgery.

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts after being sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin (not pictured) during the fourth quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsSurgery is not yet a foregone conclusion for Sanchez, but even if the injury can be rehabbed with rest, it would still be very likely to keep him out for the entirety of the 2013 season.

The diagnosis is probably a good thing for the Jets, who will no longer have to deal with the distractions that come with having a high-profile quarterback suited up on the sidelines. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith now has a stranglehold of the job and won't have to feel Sanchez' breath on the back of his neck every time he makes a mistake.

Of course, Smith now has no quarterback to push him and keep him motivated to hold on to the starting job. A lack of competition at the position is what many people believe was the cause of Sanchez' lack of development.

The biggest headline that comes with this news is that Sanchez has likely played his last down as a Jet. Though this is just the second year of his five-year contract, Sanchez is owed a non-guaranteed $2 million roster bonus in March, and it would be a surprise to see the Jets pay him that money.

The Jets will roll with practice squad-caliber talents Matt Simms and Brady Quinn as their backups at quarterback. I'd expect a prompt veteran signing if Smith were to get hurt.
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