Sanchez will avoid surgery

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will not have to undergo surgery on his ailing right throwing shoulder.

The second-year pro injured the shoulder late in the year but wound up starting all 16 regular season games, though he did not attempt a pass in a brief appearance in the last contest against Buffalo.

Sanchez threw for 3,291 yards and 17 touchdowns and was intercepted 13 times during the 2010 campaign.

He led the team to playoff victories over the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots before the Jets fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

The USC product accumulated 616 passing yards and five touchdowns, with one interception, in the three postseason games.


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