Darnold doubt­ful, un­likely to back up McCown

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SPORTS -

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.— Take a seat, Sam. You’re sit­ting this one out.

New York Jets quar­ter­back Sam Darnold was listed as doubt­ful Fri­day for the team’s game against Buf­falo on Sun­day, mak­ing it highly un­likely he will serve as Josh McCown’s backup.

While coach Todd Bowles left open the pos­si­bil­ity Darnold could still dress for the game, the rookie did not prac­tice all week af­ter strain­ing his right foot last Sun­day in the Jets’ 13-6 loss at Mi­ami. He wore a boot on his foot and watched from the side dur­ing prac­tice.

Davis Webb is likely to be signed from the prac­tice squad to the ac­tive ros­ter to pro­vide in­sur­ance for the 39-year-old McCown, who will make his first start of the sea­son.

“How he feels, how we think he com­pares as to hav­ing Davis as the backup,” Bowles said of what will go into the de­ci­sion on Darnold. “We’ll think about a lot of stuff.”

The Jets (3-6) will have a bye-week break af­ter they play the Bills, with their next game on Nov. 25 against New Eng­land. That would give Darnold three weeks to heal — al­though Bowles said the tim­ing didn’t fac­tor in the team sit­ting him for McCown.

“He’s just not healthy right now,” Bowles said of Darnold.

Bowles said on Thurs­day that Darnold will move back into the start­ing role once he’s healthy, re­gard­less of how McCown is play­ing.

McCown was the starter last sea­son and had a ca­reer year be­fore miss­ing the fi­nal three games with a bro­ken left hand. He played lim­ited snaps in the pre­sea­son, but Bowles isn’t con­cerned about po­ten­tial rust.

“He looks like a spring chicken right now,” the coach said. “He hasn’t played in a while, so he’s very camp fresh right now. He should be fine.”

Darnold leads the NFL with 14 in­ter­cep­tions and his play took a bad turn dur­ing New York’s three­game los­ing streak. He has two touch­down passes and seven INTs in that span while work­ing with a sup­port­ing cast that has been hit hard by in­juries and in­con­sis­tency.

McCown will likely be with­out one of his key re­ceivers, with Robby An­der­son doubt­ful to play af­ter not prac­tic­ing all week with an an­kle in­jury.

An­der­son has been deal­ing with it the past few weeks, but played last Sun­day against Mi­ami af­ter sit­ting out against Chicago.

“It just didn’t get any bet­ter,” Bowles said. “He didn’t suf­fer any­thing (more). It kind of just didn’t get any bet­ter.”

It ap­peared wide re­ceiver Quincy Enunwa would also be un­cer­tain to play af­ter miss­ing the first two days of prac­tice, also with an an­kle in­jury. But, he was a full par­tic­i­pant Fri­day and is ex­pected to start.

This will be the first reg­u­lar-sea­son game in which Enunwa, who leads the Jets with 25 catches, will play with McCown. Enunwa sat out all last sea­son with a neck in­jury and was lim­ited this sum­mer while re­cov­er­ing from that be­fore in­jur­ing a thumb.

Lynne Sladky / As­so­ci­ated Press

Jets vet­eran quar­ter­back Josh McCown will start against the Bills on Sun­day in place of in­jured Sam Darnold.

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