New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will miss the entire season after undergoing right shoulder surgery Tuesday.
Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, the team announced.
The surgery came one day after Sanchez's replacement at quarterback, rookie Geno Smith, enjoyed his finest moment, leading the Jets to a 30-28 road win over the Atlanta Falcons.
"After over seven weeks of hard work and intense rehab, I've been advised by Dr. Andrews and other doctors that my shoulder injury clearly needs to be addressed surgically," Sanchez said in a statement. "The injury was recovering at an encouraging rate early on, and I avoided surgery as long as I could, but ultimately I was counseled by the doctors that they simply would have to repair my shoulder."
"I'm very disappointed that I can't be out there to help my team on the field, but I'll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can."
Jets general manager John Idzik said in a statement, "Throughout this process, our goal has been to provide Mark every opportunity to return this season. He and our medical staff have worked very diligently to that end and now it has been concluded that surgery is required. He will have our full support for a complete recovery."
Sanchez will be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season. It is highly likely his career with the franchise is over, particularly with Smith leading the Jets to a surprising 3-2 start.
Sanchez, 26, was injured Aug. 24 in the fourth quarter of the Jets' third preseason game against the New York Giants when he was hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Sanchez was playing with the team's second unit. The injury paved the way for Smith to start, bringing an abrupt end to the training camp competition between the quarterbacks.
The Jets placed Sanchez on short-term injured reserve even though it appeared likely the shoulder ailment would prove season-ending.