New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery, NFL.com reported.
Sanchez, 26, hurt the labrum in his right shoulder during the Jets’ third preseason game on Aug. 24 and was placed on injured reserve-designated for return, keeping him out for a minimum of eight weeks. He was expected to play this season after rehabilitating the injury, Jets coach Rex Ryan said on Sept. 14.
Instead, he’ll have surgery that will require four to six months of rehabilitation, the website said, citing an unnamed person who was informed of the process.
The Jets declined to comment on Sanchez’s status, Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said in an e-mail.
The decision may signal the end of Sanchez’s career with the Jets. The fifth-year quarterback who New York drafted in 2009 is guaranteed $8.25 million this season, after which he’ll be a free agent.
Rookie Geno Smith, whom the Jets drafted this year, has led the team to a 2-2 record, throwing four touchdown passes and eight interceptions while completing 57.4 percent of his passes.