Mark Sanchez reportedly needs season-ending surgery

It seems Mark Sanchez has all but played his last down as a Jet.

After visiting with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Sanchez is likely to need season-ending surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports.

It was reported by both ESPN and FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer last Sunday that the Jets’ embattled quarterback is dealing with a labrum tear and shoulder separation.

Although Andrews’ diagnosis confirmed the tear, Sanchez hasn’t yet decided on surgery, according to Mortensen and Jets beat writers.

If he indeed goes under the knife, Sanchez will be placed on injured reserve and miss the entire 2013 campaign. Owed a $2 million roster bonus next March, he can expect to be released shortly after the season ends.

Sanchez injured his shoulder in a preseason contest against the Giants, when coach Rex Ryan inexplicably shuffled him in late in the game, behind a shaky second-string offensive line.

It’s a tough way to close out a once-heralded tenure, but Sanchez was clearly no longer in the team’s plans. This is now Geno Smith’s offense — for better or worse.

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