Sam Darnold Dealing With AC Joint Sprain


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Jets QB Sam Darnold specifically suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder during Thursday’s loss to the Broncos. Sam Darnold

Rapoport says it’s too early to tell how much time Darnold will miss, but being able to practice while in pain will be a major issue for him moving forward.

According to Rapoport, it could make sense for the Jets to hold Darnold out until he’s healthy, which means Joe Flacco could end up getting some starts. 

Darnold told reporters after Thursday’s game that he was “fine.”

“I’ve had something similar, so I wasn’t too worried,” Darnold said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “Once they told me I could go out there again, I started to get excited.

However, Adam Gase said Friday they’re evaluating Darnold to see how his shoulder responds. 

“We’re still kind of evaluating that, seeing what our options are, seeing how it’s going to be for practice, games. We’ve got a lot of questions to answer there,” Gase said, per Ralph Vacchiano

When asked if Darnold could miss time, Gase said: “I think anything’s on the table right now. We have to see what’s best for him, not only for next week, but long-term.” 

Darnold, 23, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2018. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $30,370,490 contract with the Jets that included a $20,167,628 signing bonus.

The contract will also include a fifth-year option for the Jets to pick up in 2021.

We’ll have more regarding Darnold as the news is available.

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