Darnold likely will get nod

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets’ start­ing quar­ter­back against the Buf­falo Bills is still to be de­ter­mined.

All signs in­di­cate it will be rookie Sam Darnold un­der cen­ter after he was a full par­tic­i­pant at prac­tice all week fol­low­ing miss­ing three games with a strained right foot. Coach Todd Bowles de­clined, how­ever, to an­nounce Fri­day whether it will be Darnold or Josh McCown.

“We’ll de­cide that on Sun­day,” Bowles said. “Be­tween him and Josh, they both had good weeks.”

If Darnold plays, it would be his first game ac­tion since be­ing in­jured against Mi­ami on Nov. 4. Darnold was re­placed the last three games by McCown, who had one touch­down pass and four in­ter­cep­tions while the Jets went 0-3.

McCown fully par­tic­i­pated in prac­tice Fri­day after be­ing lim­ited Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day by a sore back.

The 21-year- old Darnold is healthy, but Bowles’ de­ci­sion will be about whether the rookie has his tim­ing back after a three-game lay­off

“Just us de­cid­ing whether he’s ready or not,” Bowles said.

The coach added that Darnold be­ing a full par­tic­i­pant all week and McCown be­ing lim­ited most of t he week wouldn’t play a fac­tor in the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

“They all were lim­ited last week, and Josh played,” Bowles said.

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