FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Two weeks faraway from injuring his proper foot, quarterback Sam Darnold remained a bystander at follow because the New York Jets returned Monday from their bye-week break.
But, in contrast to the earlier practices he missed, Darnold did not have a strolling boot and, afterward, he sounded inspired by his progress.
“It feels good. It feels nice,” stated Darnold, who has began jogging. “Nothing for me to complain about. No ache, both.”
That is excellent news for the Jets (Three-7), losers of 4 straight, but that does not imply their prized rookie is cleared to play Sunday towards the first-place New England Patriots (7-Three) at MetLife Stadium.
Coach Todd Bowles, all the time tight-lipped with regard to accidents, stated it is too soon to inform if Darnold will follow Wednesday. He described Darnold’s standing as “day-to-day, week-to-week.” If he cannot follow Wednesday, it will be a robust indication that he won’t be prepared to face the Patriots.
Out of playoff rivalry, the Jets shall be cautious with Darnold, who was injured Nov. four towards the Miami Dolphins. If there’s any concern, they may preserve him on the bench for one more sport in favor of Josh McCown. The staff is asking it a strained foot.
“The foot is de facto good,” stated Darnold. “I really feel actually good. Like I stated final week, I am simply following protocol proper now.”
The Jets struggled mightily beneath McCown, who threw two interceptions and accomplished solely 17 of 34 passes for 135 yards in a 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Payments on Nov. 11. The embarrassing loss was a extreme blow to Bowles’ job safety.
“Morale is up,” Bowles insisted. “I imply, we misplaced a sport. We misplaced it in a foul manner, we perceive that. You both battle otherwise you fall. All we all know how to do is battle. I belief the blokes within the locker room and the teaching workers to battle.”
Possibly Darnold may present a spark, but he, too, was struggling, throwing seven interceptions in his previous three begins.
If he performs, it will be his first confrontation towards Tom Brady, who at 41 is 20 years his senior.
“I feel the thought of going up towards him and the Patriots, coach Belichick and all these guys, it is a cool factor, particularly with me rising up within the period the place they actually managed the entire NFL, for probably the most half,” Darnold stated. “It could be actually cool if I’ve the chance.”