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The former USC star was drafted by the New York Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft.

This is the first time that Sanchez has been suspended in his career, and it will put him out of action for the first month of the season if he is able to sign with another team.

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Mark Sanchez has been suspended by the National Football League for the first four games of the 2018 season, the quarterback announced via Instagram on Friday afternoon.

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".

The nine-year pro would be eligible for offseason and training-camp practices as well as preseason games if he were to land with a team.

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"I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance", he said.

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. Prior to that, Sanchez spent the 2016 season with the Dallas Cowboys. In his career, he has played in 77 games in the regular season where has thrown for 15,219 yards with 86 touchdown passes and 86 interceptions with 30 fumbles, and a 73.9 passer rating.

He played the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Eagles, making 10 starts.

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