Darnold has strained foot, could miss game against the Bills

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold could be headed for the side­line this week — and maybe longer.

The New York Jets rookie quar­ter­back has a strained right foot, coach Todd Bowles an­nounced Wed­nes­day, leav­ing Darnold’s sta­tus for the team’s game Sun­day against Buf­falo in doubt.

“It’s just ad­ver­sity,” Darnold said af­ter prac­tice. “You’ve just got to deal with it, get bet­ter as soon as pos­si­ble, get back on the field as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Bowles said it was too early to rule out Darnold for the game, and clar­i­fied that the in­jury was a strain — not a sprain, con­trary to pub­lished re­ports.

“They’ve got him listed as day to day,” Bowles said.

Darnold was sur­pris­ingly wear­ing a boot on his foot at the start of prac­tice Wed­nes­day, and watched in sweats and a green Jets cap as McCown and Davis Webb, cur­rently on the prac­tice squad, threw passes in in­di­vid­ual drills.

“Ob­vi­ously, I want to be out there with the guys,” Darnold said. “I want to go out there and play. Hope­fully, if I’m able to go out there and play Sun­day, I will. If not, I’m just go­ing to treat it as an­other learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. When ad­ver­sity hits, it’s up to me how to re­spond. That’s all I can worry about.”

Darnold was in­jured dur­ing the Jets’ 13-6 loss at Mi­ami last Sun­day , pos­si­bly on a fourth-quar­ter sack by Cameron Wake in which the quar­ter­back came up limp­ing. He took a few other big hits, so he was un­cer­tain as to when the in­jury oc­curred.

Darnold fin­ished the game, and said he was “a lit­tle dinged up,” but didn’t in­di­cate he had any se­ri­ous is­sues.

“Yeah, I feel fine,” Darnold said Mon­day. “Some bumps and some bruises, but ev­ery­thing is good.”

Bowles said Mon­day that Darnold had not ex­pressed to him that he was “dinged up.” Bowles typ­i­cally speaks to the team’s train­ers later in the af­ter­noon on the day af­ter games.

“I mean, it was kind of in the midst of the ac­tion,” Darnold ex­plained Wed­nes­day. “Some­times, you get hurt or nicked around and things just kind of hap­pen. I just thought I was fine com­ing out of the game and went through pro­to­col and that’s just kind of how it went. Went through some of the tests and some­thing was ob­vi­ously a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than usual.”

Wil­fredo Lee / As­so­ci­ated Press

New York Jets quar­ter­back Sam Darnold in ac­tion against Mi­ami on Sun­day.

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