NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — He may not be a Jet next season, but Mark Sanchez will likely be 100 percent healthy.
According to a report in the Daily News, Sanchez, the former starting quarterback of the Jets, recently underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery and appears on course to be healthy come training camp. The fifth-year signal-caller, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, is also recovering from a torn shoulder labrum suffered in the preseason that cost him the entire 2013 season.
The procedure was not done on the same knee that required surgery a few years ago, the Daily News reported.
Various reports have suggested the Jets will cut Sanchez so that they can save $8.5 million against the salary cap and move forward next season with Geno Smith and another quarterback battling for the starting job. Compounding things is the fact that the Jets owe Sanchez a $2 million roster bonus in March, further increasing speculation that he will be released.
Despite Smith showing promise during his rookie season, especially over the last four games, when he led the Jets to three wins on their way to a surprising 8-8 season, neither general manager John Idzik nor head coach Rex Ryan has anointed Smith as the starter in 2014.
Sanchez’s time with the Jets has been up and down. He helped guide them to consecutive AFC Championship game appearances in 2009 and in 2010, but then regressed over the next two seasons, tossing 36 interceptions and losing 16 fumbles while never having a passer rating higher than 78.2.
For his career, Sanchez has completed a little more than 55 percent of his throws for 12,092 yards, 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.
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