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Mark Sanchez death threats catch NFL's attention

Because there are horrible people in the world, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez received death threats from a Twitter user following a poor performance against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday the league is aware of the threats and that NFL security has followed up with Jets to assist. Aiello told NFL.com this is standard procedure in cases such as this.

Sanchez has faced a mountain of criticism as he's struggled through a difficult season. The Jets announced Tuesday that Greg McElroy would start in Sanchez's place on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Sanchez threw four interceptions in a 14-10 loss to the Titans that eliminated the Jets from postseason contention. He has 50 turnovers since the start of the 2011 season, more than any player in the NFL.

Of course, that doesn't mean his physical well-being should be threatened because of it. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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