McCown to fill in for in­jured Darnold

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS FRIDAY -

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.

KEITH SRAKOCIC/AP

James Con­ner cel­e­brates a Steel­ers TD with An­to­nio Brown dur­ing Thurs­day’s game. For the re­sult go to or­lan­dosen­tinel.com/late.

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