Report: Darnold has MRI, will play with ailing shoulder
Even with his New York Jets a league-worst 0-8 midway through this season, starting quarterback Sam Darnold has decided to play through a nagging shoulder injury that he aggravated Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL.com reported Monday that Darnold underwent a precautionary MRI one day after his team’s 35-9 road loss, with a source saying he aggravated his prior right shoulder injury — a sprained AC joint — that caused him to miss two games in October.
“I’m focused on playing and not missing any games,” Darnold said Monday. “I just want to play every game I’m capable of playing. If I miss a game and I’m capable of playing in it, that’s my worst nightmare and I don’t want to do that to this team.”
Jets coach Adam Gase said, “Sam wants to be out there, he wants to be out there, that’s a big part of it, too, and that’s why we’re making sure that everybody’s aligned on this. And we need him out there, he gives us the best chance to win on Sundays and he knows that.”
Darnold, 23, completed 18 of 30 passes for 133 yards Sunday against the Chiefs while running four times for 21 yards. The 2018 first-round pick from Southern California returned to the lineup a week earlier to oppose the visiting Buffalo Bills, who beat New York 18-10.
The undermanned Jets have continued to struggle even after his return, scoring a combined 19 points over the past two games.
The Jets went 0-2 under veteran backup Joe Flacco in Weeks 5-6, scoring a total of 10 points over defeats to the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins.
Darnold has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,045 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions in six starts. He has rushed 18 times for 138 yards and one score and has been sacked 19 times.
The Jets will next host the 2-5 New England Patriots next Monday night before New York has a bye in Week 10.
–Field Level Media