Report: Jets QB Darnold (foot) out Sunday
New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has a significant right foot injury and will miss Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, according to a New York Daily News report on Wednesday.
The report, which called the injury a sprain, adds the Jets hope Darnold will return after the Week 11 bye to face the New England Patriots in Week 12, but they are not overly optimistic.
Darnold sat out Wednesday's practice, observing in street clothes with a walking boot on his right foot. It was his first missed practice since a brief holdout during training camp, before he signed his rookie contract.
Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters the injury is a strain and deemed Darnold "day-to-day." The coach confirmed it is not believed to be a Lisfranc injury or any issue that would require surgery, and said it's "too early" to determine the rookie's availability for Sunday.
"We'll see how he comes along with the week," said Bowles, who added that the extra rest of the Week 11 bye could be a factor in whether Darnold faces the Bills.
It's unclear when Darnold was injured, but he told reporters on Monday that he felt "fine" despite taking a number of big hits in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. Miami totaled four sacks and seven QB hits on Darnold, forcing him into four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.
"Some bumps and some bruises, but everything is good," Darnold said.
Bowles said Wednesday that he didn't hear about the injury until Monday afternoon and that Darnold was fine on the flight home from Miami before the issue worsened. Bowles said he didn't know the specific play on which Darnold was hurt, saying the QB told him it happened as he was cutting.
Darnold, who has started every game this season, finished Sunday's game in Miami 21 of 39 for 229 yards, no touchdowns and the four picks. His rating (31.8) was a career low, and his total of 14 interceptions this season leads the NFL by four.
Overall, Darnold has passed for 1,934 yards and 11 touchdowns but has completed just 55 percent of his throws.
If Darnold is out, 39-year-old Josh McCown would make his first start of the season. McCown threw for 2,926 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 starts in 2017 before breaking his hand late in the season.
Davis Webb, who is currently on the practice squad, would be promoted to the active roster to serve as the backup if Darnold is sidelined, Bowles said.
--Field Level Media
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