Former Bears QB Mark Sanchez given four-game suspension for PED violation

Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't play during the regular season last year

Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't play during the regular season last year

Sanchez was drafted fifth overall by the Jets in the 2009 draft.

Former USC and Mission Viejo High quarterback Mark Sanchez acknowledged on social media Friday that he has been suspended for four games by the NFL for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

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.

Sanchez, 31, played for the Bears last season as their third-string quarterback, but did not throw a pass in a regular-season game.

He also said that he passed the tests before and after the positive test, which he believes is a sign that he was not cheating and that further confirms his belief that he ingested a tainted substance. His career got off to a fast start in NY after he helped guide the Jets to the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons in the NFL.

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In a statement posted to Instagram, Sanchez said he was "blind-sided" by the suspension and denied knowingly taking PEDs. "I look forward to getting back on the field this season." .

Since being released by the Jets in 2014, Sanchez has had stops in Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas and Chicago.

He has a career 37-35 record with 15,219 passing yards, 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions.

Sanchez was lauded for his mentorship of quarterback Mitch Trubisky past year but never played a regular-season down.

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