A relationship that started with so much promise is now left to wither and die as Mark Sanchez's tenure with the New York Jets for all intents and purposes is over. Sanchez had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder a decision that will cost the fifth-year quarterback the rest of the season and should end his time in New York. With the emergence of rookie quarterback Geno Smith who threw three touchdown passes in a 30-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night Sanchez likely has played his final game with the Jets. The team is expected to release him at the end of the season if not sooner. "We're acting like he's dead. Mark Sanchez is not dead" head coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday. "Sanchez is going to be 100% healthy guys. It's not like his career's over." But when asked if Sanchez would be back with the Jets Ryan dodged. "I don't want to get into that. I think he's going to come back 100 percent that seems to be how the doctors feel" Ryan said. "And I know for a fact that this organization will do everything in its power to see that that's a possibility that he can come back and be 100 percent. "Whether he is here or whatever our thing is on doing what's best for Mark and that's to get him healthy." When asked about the future of linebacker Antwan Barnes who was placed on injured reserve Ryan said he hoped Barnes would be with the Jets next season. He said no such thing about Sanchez. "Well again I'll say it about anybody. Guys you know how I feel about all of our players. I never want to lose a player ever" Ryan said. "But I also understand there's business sides for every decision."
Rex: Mark Sanchez's career is not over
USA Today | Oct 10