October 6: While Darnold remains optimistic that he’ll be able to play, the Jets are planning as if Flacco will start on Sunday vs. the Cardinals, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
“I don’t know,” Darnold said. “I think that’s just going to be a day-to-day decision right now. It’s not something I’ve decided and I think it’s definitely going to depend on how I feel that day.”
Darnold isn’t practicing on Wednesday and it’s not certain if he will practice this week after injuring his shoulder last Thursday night.
“It really does depend on what the doctors say and what they think can happen in the future in terms of further injury,” Darnold said. “Or if this can have a lingering effect if I do hurt it more. So, there’s still some discussion that needs to be had there… The most important thing for me is going out there if I can. If I’m able to play and I don’t play, that’s worse than anything in my opinion.”
October 2: Sam Darnold left Thursday night’s loss to the Broncos with an injury to his shoulder, though he was quickly able to return, finishing the loss by throwing for just 230 yards on 42 attempts (54.8% completion).
After undergoing testing today, Darnold was diagnosed with an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, a source tells NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Pain will be the major issue for Darnold and he could sit out games as he recovers from the ailment.
Darnold missed three games last season and the Jets went 0-3 in his absence. They brought in Joe Flacco during the offseason and he could see a start sooner than later. Flacco briefly came into the game for Darnold on Thursday night, completing both of his passes for a total of 16 yards.