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ESPN: Season Ending Shoulder Surgery Likely For Mark Sanchez

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  According to ESPN, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is "likely to have surgery" that would end his 2013 season after Dr. James Andrews confirmed Wednesday he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Sanchez still was trying to make a final decision on whether to have the surgery now to repair the tear and instability in the shoulder following his injury in the team's third preseason game, the sources said.

He could choose to rehab the shoulder in an effort to play at some point this season, but still likely would need surgery at the end of the year.

Sanchez, replying to a text message, told ESPN late Wednesday night: "If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews' office. I would've stayed and got the surgery." Asked if he wanted to deny that he was likely to have surgery, Sanchez texted: "There's nothing to report. It's reckless."

If Sanchez is unable to play for the remainder of the season, rookie Geno Smith will get the starting nod.

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