New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will have surgery on his left knee and is expected to be ready in time for training camp.
The team said Tuesday that the operation, which will repair the patella ligament that holds the kneecap in place, will be performed by Jets physician Dr. Ken Montgomery and orthopedist Dr. Elliott Hershman in the next few weeks.
Sanchez, who led the Jets to the AFC title game in his rookie season, will miss some offseason workouts but general manager Mike Tannenbaum has said the quarterback would be completely healthy by the start of training camp in July if he had surgery.
The Daily News of New York first reported Sanchez’s decision.
Sanchez dislocated the kneecap during fall practice before his junior season at Southern California. He has worn a brace on the knee since, but aggravated the injury against Carolina on Nov. 29.
Ryan earns $50,000 fine
Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team for making an obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event last weekend.
The team’s decision came after a smiling Ryan was caught on a cell phone camera flipping his middle finger at a fan during the competition in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday night.
Report: Kubiak has new deal
Coach Gary Kubiak has agreed to a new contract that will keep him with the Houston Texans through the 2012 season according to two reports Tuesday.
The new deal voids the last year of the five-year contract he signed when he joined the team in 2006 and is for the next three seasons, according to the Houston Chronicle and Houston television station KRIV. He said he wanted his contract to end the same year as his assistant coaches.
The Texans went 9-7 for their first winning record this season, but came just short of reaching the playoffs for the first time.
Kubiak took over the team after it posted a franchise-worst 2-14 record.
Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter says he wants to be released by the Miami Dolphins because he’s frustrated about his reduced role and doubts his relationship with coach Tony Sparano can be repaired. … Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Covington, Ky., and received a suspended sentence. … Longtime NFL wideout Keenan McCardell will be the receivers coach for the Washington Redskins. … Dallas Cowboys fullback Deon Anderson is free on his own recognizance after his arrest at a restaurant parking lot in suburban Dallas. A statement issued by the town of Addison says police answered an aggravated assault report and learned of a confrontation between several men and a parking valet. … The Philadelphia Eagles have signed punter Durant Brooks to a two-year contract, giving incumbent Sav Rocca competition.