Jets Quarterback Sanchez Has NFL Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery that rules him out for the remainder of the National Football League season, the team said.

Sanchez, 26, damaged 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. The surgery was performed by James Andrews, the Jets said in a statement last night, after a rehabilitation program failed to solve the problem.

“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 said.

Sanchez, who was drafted by the Jets in 2009, is guaranteed $8.25 million this season, after which he’ll be a free agent.

“Throughout this process, our goal has been to provide Mark every opportunity to return this season,” Jets General Manager John Idzik said in the team’s statement. “He will have our full support for a complete recovery.”

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith, whom the Jets drafted this year, two nights ago earned his first road win in the NFL as the Jets beat the Atlanta Falcons 30-28 on a 43-yard field goal by Nick Folk as time expired.

Smith, 22, threw three touchdown passes and didn’t have a turnover for the first time in five games as the Jets improved to 3-2 for the season. Smith has completed 94 of 156 pass attempts for 1,289 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

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