All signs point to Darnold as Jets starter

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Den­nis Waszak Jr. AP Pro Foot­ball Writer

FLORHAM PARK, N. J. (AP) >> 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 three­game 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 the week wouldn’t play a fac­tor

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FILE - In this Sun­day, Oct. 28, 2018file photo, New York Jets quar­ter­back Sam Darnold (14) looks to throw against the Chicago Bears dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game in Chicago.

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