Report: Darnold will not play versus the Bills

Jets' rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has a foot strain and is in a walking boot

Joe DiBiase
November 07, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Photo: Patrick Gorski - USA TODAY Sports


When the New York Jets drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and the Buffalo Bills followed that with Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick. Many could have looked at each team's schedule and saw a potential battle of the rookies in Week 10 of the 2018 season in New York. However, it's possible that neither will play in this week's matchup at MetLife Stadium.

Multiple reports on Wednesday stated that Darnold has suffered a foot strain and that he will not play this Sunday.

Darnold was reportedly spotted in a walking boot and missed practice Wednesday, and is now considered out on a "week-to-week" basis. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown would start for the Jets this week after the team had traded Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints in the preseason.

The 21-year-old rookie is coming off his worst performance of the season this past week, where he threw four interceptions in a 13-6 loss to Brock Osweiler and the Miami Dolphins. It was a continuation of the inconsistency Darnold has presented all season. He now sits with a 55-percent completion rate, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions on the season.

As for Josh Allen, he was limited at practice for the Bills on Wednesday, but his status remains unclear for Sunday's game. The 22-year-old has been out of action since suffering a sprained right elbow in Buffalo's Week 6 matchup with the Houston Texans.

Head coach Sean McDermott said that he remains day-to-day and they will take things "one day at a time" and "one play at a time."

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