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The New York Jets finally announced their Week 1 starting quarterback, and much to the delight of Jets fans everywhere, his name is not Mark Sanchez.

There’s a thought that Sanchez's career with the Jets is now over after Rex Ryan named Geno Smith the starter Wednesday. Sanchez, who may miss several weeks or even end up on IR because of an injured shoulder, according to FOX Sports Insider Mike Garafolo, and Ryan would both be run out of MetLife Stadium if Ryan looks back now. But does Sanchez getting the hook also mean the end of his starting career, period?

According to one former teammate, it may.

Retired former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson appeared Tuesday on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio, and during his appearance he painted a grim picture of Sanchez’s future in the league.

"I don't think Mark will be a starter again in the NFL," Tomlinson said. "I think there's certainly potential for him to be a backup and then get a starting job for half the year or what have you that way. But I think his days as a full-time starter are pretty much over.

"You’ve got to realize in football, for a quarterback, you’re going to get three-to-five years in an organization to prove that you’re the franchise guy," Tomlinson continued. "I mean, that’s just what it is. And if you don’t do it in that time frame then they’re going to move on to somebody else and then your position now will become a backup.”

Tomlinson played alongside Sanchez for two seasons in New York. He also spent time playing with Doug Flutie, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers as his quarterback. So LT knows NFL star power when he sees it, and it’s clear why doesn’t see it in Sanchez.

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Some will point to guys like Blaine Gabbert and Terrelle Pryor as evidence that there’s still hope for a subpar quarterback like Sanchez to pop up as a starter somewhere else. But if you can’t even start for the lowly Jets, then where, exactly, can you start?

Now, for some links:

• A mugshot has surfaced for the Iowa student who was arrested with a reported BAC of .341, and it looks like you think it does.

• Jay-Z has reportedly found a buyer for his stake in the Brooklyn Nets — and that man is Nets coach Jason Kidd.

• DeAndre Jordan hosted (and dressed as Captain Planet for) a pretty awesome superhero-themed costume party:

• Oh, and Blake Griffin dressed as Bane:

• Joe Maddon bought a round for Rays fans in Long Beach:

• Former big leaguer Eric Byrnes says he knows a Hall of Famer who used PEDs.

• The University of Arkansas has banned T-shirt launchers after one of them injured an intern.

• Check out this Super Mario Bros. parkour:

• Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg hosted a charity flag football game that featured several Los Angeles Clippers stars:

• Reggie Evans is not sold on the New York Knicks as NBA champs:

• This guy has designed some pretty awesome Bay Area haircuts:

Tony Stewart wants to be back on the track by Daytona.

• A high school quarterback will miss time after tearing a ligament while barehand fishing.

• Lindsey Vonn is back:

• Joker Phillips’ recruiting pitches? Still weird:

• A regional sports anchor name dropped a ton of pro wrestling stars into his broadcast Monday:

• Former WWE Diva (and George Clooney main squeeze) hits up Burning Man:

• Are titanium catchers' masks putting players in danger?

Antrel Rolle is still yapping.

• Amir Johnson played tug-o-war with an elephant, and it went about like you’d expect:

Roddy White, a man of the people:

• Turn your volume down for this one (but enjoy the trick shot and celebration):

• A 15-year-old Jimi Hendrix drew this:

• Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg call Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance:

Tagged: Falcons, Raiders, Giants, Jets, Chargers, Tony Stewart, LaDainian Tomlinson, Roddy White, Antrel Rolle, Mark Sanchez

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