New York Jets Rookie QB Sam Darnold Hopeful to Play Sunday Against New England

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold was unable to practice on Monday but he is holding out hope that he can suit up for the team’s Week 12 game against the Patriots according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

“I think the idea of going up against him and the Patriots, coach Belichick and all those guys, it’s a cool thing, especially with me growing up in the era where they really controlled the whole NFL, for the most part,” Darnold said. “It would be really cool if I have the opportunity.”

Darnold added that he has started jogging and was encouraged about the condition of the foot he sprained in practice a couple of weeks ago. “It feels good. It feels great,” Darnold said. “Nothing for me to complain about. No pain, either. . . . The foot is really good. I feel really good. Like I said last week, I’m just following protocol right now.”

Embattled Jets head coach Todd Bowles has been careful not to tip his hand about his starter on Sunday, referring to Darnold as “day-to-day, week-to-week”. More will be known about Darnold’s status on Wednesday and another missed practice might indicate that veteran Josh McCown will handle starting duties against the Patriots.

The Jets have no good reason to risk the health of their prized rookie at 3-7 and losers of four straight games. And it is not as if Darnold was lighting it up on the field, as he has seemingly regressed during the course of the season and threw seven interceptions in his last three games.

But McCown was even worse in an embarrassing loss to the equally-woeful Buffalo Bills before the bye, throwing two picks of his own and gaining only 135 scoreless yards. Bowles, his entire coaching staff, and possibly the Jets GM are in an uphill battle to try to save their jobs so going back to Darnold-even if he is not 100% healthy-may be a tempting proposition on Sunday.

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