It's official. Mark Sanchez has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery.
Mark Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery today. Corrected story link: http://t.co/9PGrZE680k— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 8, 2013
After injuring his right shoulder during the fourth quarter of the third preseason game, Mark Sanchez spent time over the last six weeks attempting to rehab the injury. However, after two separate meetings with Dr. James Andrews, the Jets announced that Sanchez underwent surgery earlier on Tuesday.
While there has been no official word, this will all but end Mark Sanchez's up and down tenure with the New York Jets. In his four seasons in New York, Sanchez and the Jets went 34-31 in the regular season and 4-2 in the postseason, which included back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game.
Over his career, Sanchez threw for 12,096 yards, with a 55.1 completion percentage, 68 passing touchdowns, 69 interceptions, 12 rushing touchdowns, 17 fumbles and a 71.7 quarterback rating.
When the Jets moved up to take Sanchez with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, he was looked at as the quarterback of the future. With lofty expectations from the get-go, Sanchez would never quite live up to them despite the team's success early on in his career. The Jets didn't exactly do much to help Sanchez as the offensive line, receiving corps and offensive coordinators were, for the most part, shaky during his tenure in New York—especially lately. That said, after a pretty good second year, Sanchez became extremely prone to turning the ball over during his past two seasons—in particular crippling red zone interceptions or one particular fumble that he was mercilessly mocked for.
While it didn't go nearly as planned, the Jets made two unexpected and incredibly exciting playoff runs. While most of this was due to their stout defense and impressive running game, Sanchez did make plays and increased his production during the playoffs, and for that he should get credit. Unfortunately, these things don't always work out.
Good luck, Mark. Wherever you wind up.