Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is not expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Bills, as he deals with what the New York Daily News described as a “significant” foot sprain.
That news, which was confirmed Wednesday by ESPN, came as a bit of a surprise. Darnold told reporters in a conference call Monday that he merely had suffered “some bumps and bruises” in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, but that otherwise “everything is good.” New York Coach Todd Bowles, meanwhile, said that same day he was unaware that his starting quarterback was injured.
Bowles told reporters Wednesday that he hadn’t been aware of the foot injury because he doesn’t get the team’s injury report until Monday afternoon, after the conference call with reporters had ended. He said that Darnold had been ok during the plane ride from Miami to New York.
“I guess he got banged up, and I guess it got worse,” Bowles said Wednesday.
Bowles said it’s still possible Darnold could play on Sunday, but that he wouldn’t play against the Bills if he can’t practice by Friday.
“We’ll see how he comes along during the week,” the coach said, according to NJ.com.
According to multiple reports, , Darnold was spotted wearing a walking boot on his right foot at the Jets' team facility on Wednesday and did not practice. The Daily News reported that the team isn’t “overly optimistic” that Darnold will be healthy enough to play in Week 12 against the Patriots (the Jets have a bye in Week 11).
Darnold is coming off the worst game of his rookie season, a four-interception outing in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He now has an NFL-high 14 interceptions this season, throwing seven of them in the last three games.
Veteran Josh McCown, who has yet to appear in a game this season but performed admirably as the team’s starter in 2017, would start for New York if Darnold is indeed unable to play.
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