Mark Sanchez Facing Four-Game Suspension

Mark Sanchez is not currently on an NFL roster, but if he lands with a team for what would be a 10th season, he won’t be eligible to play for a bit.

Barring a successful appeal, the free agent quarterback will be suspended four games, Ian Rapoport of reports (on Twitter).’s James Palmer adds (via Twitter) this was for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 31-year-old passer released a statement (via Instagram) about being “blindsided” by the news.

During the past 9 years as an NFL player I have been subject to 73 drug tests — an average of over 8 tests per season — and all but one have been clean,” Sanchez said. “I have taken the same regimen of supplements for the past five years without any issues. The timing and results of my tests establish circumstances of unknowing supplement contamination, not the use of performance enhancing substances.”

Sanchez has been connected to the Bears and Seahawks’ reserve-quarterback vacancies at different points this offseason. However, the Bears signed Chase Daniel. The Seahawks’ Stephen Morris addition likely still leaves them in need of a veteran backup, but this news will not help Sanchez’s cause. He spent the 2017 season in Chicago but didn’t attempt a pass in a game. Sanchez played for the Cowboys in 2016 after failing to beat out Trevor Siemian for the Broncos’ starting job that summer.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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21 comments on “Mark Sanchez Facing Four-Game Suspension

  1. crosseyedlemon

    The suspension will be a non factor for any team having interest in Sanchez. If he gets signed he will probably be third on the depth chart and only pressed into service as a last resort.

    • cka2nd

      Third behind someone like Stephen Morris, without a single regular season pass to his name? I doubt that.

  2. tyork21

    They always picture the suspended player in a Cowboys unit even if he’s not with the team and even if he’s played on a different team longer .. it’s amazing

  3. connfyoozed

    Does the unknown substance enhance butt one’s likelihood to “butt fumble”?

  4. Hannibal8us

    This is maybe the first time I actually believe the athlete that he didn’t intentionally cheat because if he was trying to cheat he was failing miserably at it.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Likely false positive. You know your the guy that has been chosen to walk the sidelines with the clipboard….do you really need to take PEDs for that?

      • MilTown8888

        Peds might mean the difference between having a job in the NFL walking the sidelines with a clipboard vs having a job selling insurance to nostalgic usc alums.

        • crosseyedlemon

          You’ve provided a good example of the corporate propaganda that is used to con players. Of course the manufactures also downplay the possible side effects claiming they are generally insignificant.

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