Mark Sanchez made the rounds today down in the MIA, speaking with various media outlets on Radio Row and beyond.
Sanchez is in lovely South Florida in part to promote awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and take advantage of the spotlight created by Super Bowl XLIV featuring the Colts and Saints. Of course, the rookie quarterback was asked about his impending left knee surgery that we've been writing about over the last week or so.
In speaking with the NFL Network and the likes of host Rich Eisen, Sanchez said he'll have the surgery in about two weeks and added the elective procedure will eliminate the need to use a brace to help to stabilize the knee.
"It's a minimally invasive procedure," Sanchez told Eisen & Co. on the set. "They said it'd recover definitely by camp and [I'd] be ready for the season. It will be intense rehab and I'm excited to get this fixed because we've elected to do it, and it's something that's bothered me since college. And now, I get a chance to really nip it in the bud and get it over with."
"The way they explained it is, 'Your car is out of alignment,' " Sanchez added. "'And you can either keep driving like that and keep thinking about it or we'll knock this thing out. We'll tune it up and we'll be fine.' "
Marshall Faulk, the former St. Louis Rams running back who had a tremendous career, asked Sanchez if his knee hindered him at all during the incredible stretch run, which ended against the Colts in the AFC Championship game.
"I think in the Carolina game is when I tweaked it a little bit," Sanchez said, "and that's when I'd wear a brace for it. But this just eliminates the need for a brace really. I won't even have to think about it anymore. So I don't think it bothered me too much. Obviously, you can play, especially when the playoffs are at stake. You are trying to make it to the big game. You don't even think about it at all.
"But they don't want me think about it at all -- during the offseason or anything. So it will be good."