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Jets QB Mark Sanchez does not need surgery on his throwing shoulder

Published: Thursday, February 03, 2011, 8:25 PM Updated: Thursday, February 03, 2011, 11:05 PM

userpic-3492-200x200.png By Jenny Vrentas/The Star-Ledger

Follow Share0 0 roundbox_arrow_up.gif Share close Google Buzz Digg Stumble Upon Fark Share Email Print 9250314-large.jpgAndrew Mills/The Star-LedgerJets QB Mark Sanchez is in Dallas this week for several sponsorship appearances. GRAPEVINE, Texas — Quarterback Mark Sanchez got good news this week: He does not need surgery on his right throwing shoulder, he told a handful of reporters tonight.

Sanchez said he was “absolutely” relieved about the decision, particularly after going through arthroscopic knee surgery last offseason.

“They were just really pleased with the way things have healed,” said Sanchez, who is in Texas for several promotional appearances. “The swelling and bruising type stuff is gone, so they’re really happy about that. ... That’s really good news.”

Sanchez originally injured his shoulder in Week 15 of the regular season while running the football against the Steelers. He said team doctor Ken Montgomery sent a pair of MRIs, one taken right after the injury and another the day after the AFC Championship Game loss, to several doctors. The specialists, including noted orthopedist James Andrews, agreed he does not need to go under the knife.

Sanchez will instead embark on what he called “constant rehab.” That begins with “active rest” — he will not throw for about a month but will do work including stretching and exercises with bands.

“(Montgomery) said, ‘It’s not going to be just a sit-around and see how you feel in August type thing,’ ” Sanchez said. “I said, ‘Of course not.’ I’m committed to the team, No. 1. I’ll do everything I can mentally and physically to be ready to play, and I know I will.”

Sanchez said he did not visit any other doctors. He will return to the Jets facility later this month and will have one more check-up before March 4, when the CBA expires and there could be a possible lockout.

Sanchez did throw lightly earlier this week. If the Jets were playing in Super Bowl XLV, he would have been practicing and playing this week and would have been ready for the game. He appeared to injure his left arm in the AFC Championship Game, but said it was just a stinger in his neck.

Sanchez said the hardest part of managing the shoulder injury through the end of the regular season and the postseason was having to take limited reps in practice and picking which plays he would practice. During games, he said he didn’t think about the pain and never took pain-killing shots.

“It was painful, but nothing I couldn’t handle,” Sanchez said.

He said it is weird to be in Texas, where the Jets hoped to be contending for a championship. Instead, they fell to the Steelers, 24-19, in the AFC title game, one win short of the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. He has high expectations for next season.

“We expect to be right where we were and one game further,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez said, in the event of a lockout, he may organize informal workouts with teammates in California, along the lines of last summer’s “Jets West” passing camp.

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In response to Cromartie’s critical comments of the pace of labor negotiations, which invoked profanity, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae said Cromartie has had plenty of chances to ask questions and express his concerns to team reps. But Mawae said he is not worried about splintering of the player ranks.

“I have four brothers, my brothers and I fight all the time, we don’t get along,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we’re still family. With Cromartie, it’s the same way.”

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FB Tony Richardson won the NFLPA's 45th Byron "Whizzer" White Man of the Year Award tonight, given to a player who exemplifies service to the game, his team and community. The award was given at the NFL PLAYERS PULSE Awards presented by EA and Reebok.

Jenny Vrentas: jvrentas@starledger.com

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yea I was hoping this would be the case. I know that with all the medical facilities that have the Johnson name on it I was thinking they might be getting surgery happy. Mark doesn't need another off-season of constant rehabbing like last year. All of those reports about how he was doing and how it was going were worrying me-he's on crutches, now he's walking, now he can run in the pool, they hope he can start running by...

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