McCown to fill in for injured Darnold
Josh McCown is going from mentor to starter this week for the Jets.
The 39-year-old quarterback will be under center Sunday against the Bills in place of injured rookie Sam Darnold, who’s sidelined with a strained right foot.
“I’m ready to rule him out as a starter for this week,” coach Todd Bowles said of Darnold on Thursday. “I don’t know if I’ll rule him out yet for the game.”
That means Darnold still could be the No. 2 quarterback Sunday. If not, Davis Webb would be promoted from the practice squad to serve as McCown’s backup.
Either way, the starting job is McCown’s — at least for this week.
“I’m extremely comfortable with him,” Bowles said. “We talk all the time. He understands the game and the team, and we see things the same way. So I’m comfortable.”
McCown has not taken a snap in a regular-season game this season as the Jets have focused on developing Darnold. The No. 3 overall pick won the job out of training camp, but was injured during the Jets’ 13-6 loss at Miami last Sunday.
McCown was the Jets’ starter last season and had a career year before being sidelined the last three games with a broken left hand. Since the summer, McCown has spoken highly of Darnold and expressed excitement about being able to have a hand in the youngster’s development.
Darnold has received lots of advice and tips from McCown on the sideline and practice field. Now, he’ll have no choice but to watch.
“I say it all the time: That’s why we do this, to play,” McCown said Wednesday. “If that’s the case, you’re torn because your friend and a teammate, it means he can’t go. In that regard, I don’t wish that on anybody, but at the same time as a professional, as a backup quarterback you have to serve your team in that role and go in and play winning football.
“That’s what’s fun, that’s what you look forward to and that’s why you play this game. And, we’ll go out and compete.”
Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown was cited Thursday morning after he allegedly drove over 100 mph on Pittsburgh streets, according to reports.
Brown, who was in a black Porsche, was charged with reckless driving after speeding past an officer.
Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, died. He was 92.
The Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third AfricanAmerican selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.
Triplett was also the first African-American to start for Penn State.
Triplett was drafted by the Lions in the 19th round in 1949. He played in 18 games for the Lions from 1949-50. On Oct. 29, 1950, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 294 yards on four kickoff returns, an NFL record that lasted until 1994.
James Conner celebrates a Steelers TD with Antonio Brown during Thursday’s game. For the result go to orlandosentinel.com/late.