October 14, 2020 | 12:38pm | Updated October 14, 2020 | 1:02pm
The Jets will be missing quarterback Sam Darnold for at least one more week.
Jets coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that Darnold will not play Sunday against the Dolphins, the second game he’ll miss since suffering a shoulder injury in Week 4. Joe Flacco will start again in Miami.
“I think he’s better than what he was last week,” Gase said of Darnold. “I think the more time we give him, the better he’ll feel. I think he’s taking the steps that we need him to take to give us an opportunity into next week. We’ll be able to make that decision when we get there.”
Darnold sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder in a loss to the Broncos on Oct. 1. He was slammed to the MetLife Stadium turf by Denver linebacker Alexander Johnson. He returned to finish the game but has not played since. Gase sounded hopeful he could return next week to face the Bills.
“I think he’s doing a good job of communicating and letting us know how he feels,” Gase said. “It’s not what I want to hear. He’s being honest as far as his pain tolerance, his range of motion, how he feels, him being able to work on his throwing motion a little bit these last few days is a real big positive. I do think he’s a quick healer. There’s no doubt none of us would say he’s anything but tough. We just want to make sure that he’s good before we put him out there.”