Former Bears QB Mark Sanchez suspended for performance-enhancing drugs

Mark Sanchez says he's taken 73 drug tests during his NFL career

Mark Sanchez says he's taken 73 drug tests during his NFL career

Former first-round pick Mark Sanchez, who has found a second life in the National Football League as a quarterback mentor, hasn't taken the field in a regular-season game since the 2016 season.

Former Jets quarterback and current free agent Mark Sanchez was suspended four games for the 2018 season after violating the league's PED policy, the league announced on Friday. At this point, it's unknown if he'll ever get another chance to play meaningful football again, but what we do know is that his wait will continue for at least four more games.

The 31-year-old has already responded to the news via social media stating that this had taken him by complete surprise as he had been tested 73 times throughout his career and had not failed once before this test.

The NFL has informed me that I have tested positive for a substance on the banned substance list. The suspension is for a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

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Sanchez blamed the positive test on an "unknowing supplement contamination".

He said in the Instagram statement that he has previously passed 72 drug tests and that his supplement regimen has been consistent for five years.

Sanchez was drafted fifth overall by the Jets in the 2009 draft. Sanchez missed the 2013 season after surgery on his throwing shoulder and was released by the Jets in 2014. He appeared in just two games for the Cowboys in 2016.

Sanchez's last start came on Thanksgiving in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles-a 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

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