Mark Sanchez has season-ending shoulder surgery

Mark Sanchez had successful surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced.

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“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.

Sanchez will miss the remainder of the season.

GM John Idzik, in a statement from the team: “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.”

“All doctors expect a full recovery and I look forward to getting back on the field. Until then, Go Jets!” Sanchez said.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The date of the surgery was never made public, but this has been in the works for a while.  Credit Sanchez for not going into exile since his injury and sticking around with the team in a coaching capacity.  As the quarterback indicates, despite the surgery he will stay active with the team to help in the meeting room and as another set of eyes on the field to help provide veteran experience for the rookie.

Sanchez has a $13 million cap number in 2014 and cutting him would represent a savings of eight million.  All that remains is the rest of the season and the manner in which the Jets dispose of Sanchez after the year ends.  Will they try to trade him, like the team did with Tebow?  It’s possible, because it would likely save the team some money (whatever the other team would be willing to pay) so don’t be surprised should Sanchez stay on the roster for some period of time.