Former Bears QB Mark Sanchez suspended for performance-enhancing drugs

Former Bears QB Mark Sanchez suspended for performance-enhancing drugs

And any potential suitors won't have Sanchez's services for the first quarter of the upcoming season after news broke Friday he has been suspended for the first four games of 2018 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Sanchez is only 31 years old, so he could theoretically stick around the National Football League a little longer, especially given how desperate teams are for quarterbacks, but the four-game suspension certainly won't help him find a job.

He was a member of the Chicago Bears last season as their No. 3 quarterback but has not played in an National Football League regular season game since 2016 while with the Cowboys. He played his first four seasons for the Jets, including runs to the AFC Championship Game during his first two seasons.

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In a longer statement sent to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Sanchez elaborated that the positive test was "the result of incidental and isolated exposure to a banned substance".

In an Instagram posting, Sanchez said he was caught by surprise by the ban and blamed contaminated supplements for the positive test. "I look forward to getting back on the field this season." . His last start was in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles and his last win as a starter with with the Eagles in 2014.

As a junior at USC in 2008, Sanchez threw for 3,207 yards and 34 touchdowns and completed 65.8 percent of his passes as the Trojans went 12-1 and culminated their eighth season under Coach Pete Carroll with a 38-24 victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

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