Mark Sanchez to have surgery, sit out season

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has decided to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to a report from NFL.com.

Sanchez is in a contract season to which he was presumably playing to stay in New York for a new deal or head elsewhere as a backup candidate. However, in the third week of the preseason, the Jets auditioned rookie Geno Smith for three quarters and placed Sanchez in to finish up.

It was then when Sanchez injured his shoulder.

Initially, it appeared Sanchez would hold out and try to return for the 2013 season. But the writing appeared to be on the wall that Smith is the quarterback for the Jets moving forward, at least under Rex Ryan's watch.

In fact, Ryan told reporters after the Jets' 38-13 loss to Tennessee that even with Smith's struggles at time, that he has no plans to bench him.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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