BREAKING: Mark Sanchez Undergoes Season Ending Surgery

By Alan Schechter

Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The inevitable has finally arrive in the career of Mark Sanchez.

The Jets have announced late this afternoon that Mark Sanchez has undergone season ending surgery to repair his torn labrum. The surgery was performed by noted Dr. James Andrews.

As we know, Mark was trying to avoid surgery at all costs, with the possibility of returning to active duty during the 2013 season. Now, we know for sure that this is not to be. This also is likely the end of his career with the New York Jets. Here is Mark Sanchez’s statement:

“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. 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 Melody 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!”

General Manager John Idzik released the following statement as well:

“Throughout this process, our goal has been to provide Mark every opportunity to return this season. He and our medical staff have worked very diligently to that end and now it has been concluded that surgery is required. He will have our full support for a complete recovery.”

Whether you like Mark Sanchez as a quarterback or not, he handled the situation that unfolded around him with class, professionalism, and dignity. Nobody was more excited when the game winner went through the uprights than he was.

Here is wishing him a speedy recovery, and success wherever the future takes him.