For unlimited access to all Jets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app. From the head coach to Joe Douglas, defensive players to the equipment manager, everybody’s just looking to take things “one day at a time.”

But if Darnold takes the field on Sunday against the Cardinal and does further damage to his throwing shoulder, it would make things a whole lot worse for the organization and the quarterback, both in the short- and long-term. Andy Vasquez is the Jets beat writer for Watch it here. The 0-4 New York Jets are currently preparing for a tough 2-2 Arizona Cardinals squad ready to invade MetLife Stadium this coming Sunday. But if he’s noticeably hampered by an injury for the rest of the year, or suffers a serious injury that costs him a large chunk of the season and leads to questions about his long-term health, the Jets could very well have to make key decisions about Darnold's future in the coming offseason without knowing for sure what exactly he's capable of. Joe Flacco should be named the starting quarterback if Darnold cannot go. It’s hard to compare lower-body issues to shoulder problems. The very next possession saw Darnold go down with an injury to his throwing shoulder at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. But the Jets must get this right, even if it ends up upsetting Darnold and falling to 0-5. Jets QB Sam Darnold suffers ugly-looking injury during Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos. While it hasn’t helped him improve on the field, it’s allowed the USC product to represent the perfect player off of it. From the head coach to Joe Douglas, defensive players to the equipment manager, everybody’s just looking to take things “one day at a time.”, It’s always the here and the now with the Jets. Gase said last week that the No. Several players have publicly complained about the way the Jets have handled injuries — including former players Quincy Enunwa and Kelechi Osemele in 2019. I want nothing more than to be out there with the guys playing football on Sunday.

“Sam Darnold told me last night he feels much, much better and says he hopes docs let him rejoin his team this week. We’re not going to speculate as it relates to the severity of the injury. New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is looking at his shoulder injury similarly to everything else he does: in a one day at a time fashion.. T he New York Jets‘ vocal calling card under Adam Gase has been quite clear.

“I’ve always said that.

VIDEO: Sam Darnold Leaves Game With Injury Kyle Koster 6 days ago. “It’s how I feel on that day. And that would be very,  bad for Darnold and the Jets. I’m going to go about it day-by-day. Darnold is hoping for a different outcome and his one day at a time motto is keeping him company. “There might be a potential risk, but I think the most important thing for me, it’s going out there and playing if I can because if I’m able to play and I don’t play, that’s worse than anything in my opinion.”. He wants to play — and maybe he could — but there’s sentiment in organization that it would be reckless.

What the Jets did with Mekhi Becton tonight was irresponsible and stupid. What we do know is that this same turf at MetLife Stadium was an issue earlier in the year when multiple San Francisco 49ers players suffered torn ACL’s during a game against the Jets, Nick Bosa included. Even if the sprain is minor and he is cleared to play with a low risk of re-injury, there will be moments when he’s vulnerable and leaves the team holding its breath. But it was still alarming to see the Jets put their 21-year-old key building block in such a difficult spot and hard to see the logic behind it. Feds charge six men accused in plot to kidnap Michigan governor. And the Jets faced heavy criticism last week for allowing first-round pick Mekhi Becton to enter the game against the Broncos, ahead of a backup, when Becton was only supposed to available in an emergency situation. I believe in that, so missing games is … I always want to do everything I can to not miss any games.”. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold made his intentions clear. If he can participate in multiple days of practice this week, and throw effectively, it will be a a strong argument that the injury isn’t serious enough to keep him from playing. 30. Former football players even questioned whether it was smart to play Becton in the first place. New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold said Monday that his throwing shoulder is feeling better, four days after he suffered an AC joint sprain against the Broncos last week. The New York Jets‘ vocal calling card under Adam Gase has been quite clear. But matter how this Darnold decision plays out, it’s likely to be uncomfortable for the Jets. It included struggling quarterback Sam Darnold romping his way 46 yards for a touchdown on the team’s opening drive. As for injured left tackle Mekhi Becton, he played in this game despite suffering a shoulder injury of his own last week against the Indianapolis Colts. This adds even more criticism that has been levied in the direction of embattled Jets head coach Adam Gase heading into Week 4. “Your best ability as a quarterback is your availability,” Darnold said. In the event Darnold doesn’t practice this week, don’t completely rule him out to go one-on-one with Kyler Murray. There’s nothing wrong with such a tact in football, a game that demands absolute focus. But even then, the Jets must weigh the long-term consequences: if practicing and playing now means he’s going to be dealing with shoulder issues for the rest of the season, it would probably be better to rest him until he’s fully healthy — the recovery from lower grade AC joint sprains are usually around a month to six weeks at the longest. He’s a rookie. And whatever the Jets do will be highly scrutinized because things haven’t exactly gone smoothly with injured players during the Gase-Douglas regime. Sam Darnold wants to give it a go against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5 despite his injured right shoulder. Becton was clearly not 100 percent and lasted only 17 snaps. While he likely won’t be fired following this game, Gase is obviously on the hot seat. But Darnold left zero doubt about how he wants those discussions to end. I'm just not understanding everything. “It really does depend on what the doctors say, what they think can happen in the future in terms of further injury,” Darnold said. It keeps getting better, so I’m excited to see where my progress is come Wednesday, and we’ll see what we do there.”. And they'll be suffering yet another setback on a week when they were set to get some key weapons back. The route opposite Cager. “I feel good,” Darnold told reporters on a Monday Zoom call. A roughing the passer penalty should have absolutely been called, but in the end, an AC joint sprain was the diagnosis. The shoulder injury that sidelined him for a big during the Jets’ 37-28 loss to the Denver Broncos last Thursday night may keep him out of action this Sunday. And in this case, the Jets shouldn’t let him play Sunday — even if he’s medically cleared and could get through the game using some sort of pain management, it would be a bad idea to put him on the field without any preparation.

That would be foolish.

But after playing the final three quarters of Thursday night's loss on the injured shoulder, Darnold still doesn’t know if it will feel good enough for him to practice on Wednesday, or if he’ll be cleared to play on Sunday when the Jets face the Cardinals. Jets' Sam Darnold out with shoulder injury, Joe Flacco to start vs. Cardinals. Sam Darnold has taken the motto and repeated it more than anybody over the last season and change. “The most important thing is playing football,” Darnold said. They knew he’d tell them he could play. Several quarterbacks have played through a grade 1 AC joint sprain (the least severe kind) in recent seasons, without any lingering issues. There are still some discussions that need to be had there.”. Darnold, 23, injured his right shoulder on a play in which he completely missed Lawrence Cager on a dig after play-action. We'll get our first real sign of where Darnold is at, and the potential severity of his injury, on Wednesday when the Jets return to the practice field. A doctor explains the recovery process and risk for re-injury for New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who suffered a sprain of the AC joint in his shoulder. The next game is the only critical one and that day’s practice is all that matters at the moment.

An ankle injury kept him sidelined for three games his rookie season, and, of course, mono took him out for another three games a year ago. “You know, right now I am just taking it day-by-day. “It’s not something I’ve decided,” Darnold said regarding practicing Wednesday. But when Darnold was asked Monday if he had been diagnosed with a grade 1 strain, he said he wasn’t sure. A Darnold scratch this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals would mark the third-straight season he’s been unable to play a full 16-game slate. This is a difficult situation, and not one that the Jets particularly need at the moment as they sit at 0-4 after an embarrassing start to the season that has put them in the national spotlight in the most unflattering way.

Obviously, being out there at practice is also very important. The New York Jets’ Week 4 “Thursday Night Football” game against the winless Denver Broncos started out swimmingly. 11 overall pick in April’s draft was not at risk of worsening his injury and that no further damage had been done. Yes, it has been difficult to evaluate him given the Jets' injuries, struggles and overall lack of talented weapons. Darnold has nearly been “Jeterian” in how he’s conducted himself away from the game. Those watching the game noticed that the rookie first-round pick was laboring throughout the early part of the game. To have another non-16-game season would mean Darnold didn’t meet his availability goals, something he’s fully aware of as a quarterback. If Darnold isn’t able to take the majority of reps in practice this week, it will be a sign that the injury is more severe. As of now, Jets are not planning to play Sam Darnold Sunday vs Cardinals, I’m told. And if they don’t let him play, Darnold isn’t going to be happy. Sam Darnold just not letting it go when it's obviously there. 1: Trevor Lawrence over Sam Darnold. “I think we’ll have to find out soon,” Darnold said. )Fans simply wish it translated in the win column is all.). The injuries are different. It's one more reason to be cautious with Darnold. If Darnold has to sit out Sunday’s game, it would be another blow for an 0-4 Jets team that is desperate for their first win of the season. “Or if this can have a lingering effect if I do hurt it even more. It could be about the Jets trying to maintain a competitive advantage over the Cardinals: the longer they don’t know who is starting at quarterback, the more possibilities they have to prepare for. Before we get into what the Jets should or shouldn’t do with Darnold, let’s make a few things clear. #TakeFlight, — Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) October 5, 2020. Right now, mono is the last thing on the kid’s mind. Obviously practicing, as I said, is a huge part of it, so we’ll see.”. It was a pretty ugly-looking injury. But Darnold dodging the question doesn't automatically mean he's hiding a more serious injury. Stay tuned to this page for further updates on both Darnold and Becton.

And yet, he still has time to prove he's the franchise quarterback of the future — even if he misses the next game or two. Facebook Share. Practicing is a huge part of it.”. To accomplish that, Darnold needs to first focus on his availability for Wednesday’s practice, something that remains in doubt.

And they can’t let the persistence of their quarterback, or their 0-4 record, be a factor in the decision-making. “I’m not sure,” Darnold said in response to whether he can play Sunday without practicing.

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