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Jets’ Sanchez: No Surgery Needed On Shoulder

Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets warms up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets warms up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mark Sanchez won’t need surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The New York Jets quarterback said Thursday doctors told him rest and mild rehabilitation would be enough to return the shoulder to full strength.

“They were just really pleased with the way things healed,” Sanchez said before a promotional appearance in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine. “The swelling and bruising type stuff is gone, so they’re really happy about that.”

Sanchez was injured when the Jets won at Pittsburgh on Dec. 19, but the shoulder wasn’t a factor in New York’s run to the AFC championship game. The Jets lost the title game to the Steelers, who play Green Bay in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Sanchez said a second MRI soon after the playoff loss showed swelling and bruising in the shoulder had improved enough to avoid a second surgery in two offseasons for Sanchez. He had knee surgery last year.

“They want me to take time off and relax,” said Sanchez.

The second-year pro said team physician Dr. Kenneth Montgomery was the only doctor he visited, but Montgomery sought opinions from several others.

Sanchez said he will continue some of the exercises he used to stay on the field during the season and will visit Montgomery again before the labor agreement expires March 3. He said he would probably start throwing again “soon.”

“I’m committed to the team,” Sanchez said. “I’ll do everything I can mentally and physically to be ready to play and I know I will.”

The injury didn’t affect Sanchez’s playoff performance. He threw for 616 yards and five touchdowns and only one interception with a 95.5 quarterback rating.

The Jets won road playoff games at Indianapolis and Green Bay, and Sanchez has already tied the NFL record with four postseason road wins in his first two seasons.

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