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Sanchez set for surgery tomorrow

Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York

Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship. (January 24, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mark Sanchez will have the elective surgery on his left knee tomorrow.

The Jets rookie quarterback is having a procedure done to strengthen and stabilize the ligaments around his patella tendon at Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital. It will be performed by team orthopedists Dr. Kenneth Montgomery and Dr. Elliott Hershman and will eliminate the need for Sanchez to wear a brace on the left knee, something he's done since dislocating his kneecap in August of 2008 just prior to starting his junior season at USC.

Beyond saying he'll be ready for training camp in July -- something Sanchez also echoed during his media blitz in South Florida for Super Bowl XLIV -- the Jets haven't given a specific timetable as to when Sanchez would be fully back and participating in offseason activities.

They want to make sure their $50-million quarterback is fully healed first, and he's expected to need at least eight weeks -- if not more -- of rehabilitation time. 

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