Darnold (foot) is out of his walking boot, but coach Todd Bowles acknowledged Monday that he isn't sure if the rookie quarterback will be ready to play after a Week 11 bye, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
An embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday ended any slim hope of competing for a wild-card spot and also seems to have put Bowles on the hot seat (if he wasn't already). The Jets don't have any short-term incentive to rush their rookie quarterback into action if he isn't 100 percent healthy, but they may need him in the lineup to get an accurate evaluation of their team before making some big decisions during the offseason. The bye week comes at a convenient time, allowing Darnold to get some rest while his teammates regroup before facing the Patriots on Nov. 25.
Darnold (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.
With Darnold out, Davis Webb will serve as Josh McCown's backup Sunday. Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter relays that Darnold has a sprained arch in his foot. With the Jets on bye in Week 11, it's possible that Darnold could return as soon as the team's Nov. 25 game against the Patriots, though it's also plausible that he could be held out until Week 13, with the big picture in mind.
Darnold (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Rich Cimini of ESPN.com relays via coach Todd Bowles that it's "possible" Darnold could suit up as the Jets' No. 2 QB on Sunday, but a more likely scenario is that the team promotes Davis Webb from the practice squad in order to back up Josh McCown this weekend.
Coach Todd Bowles said Darnold (foot) wouldn't be available to start Sunday's game against the Bills, but could still dress as the backup quarterback, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Bowles made the announcement following Thursday's practice, during which Darnold was listed as a non-participant for the second straight day while managing a strained right foot. If Darnold is able to get some work in during the Jets' final practice of the week Friday, it could be enough for the team to keep the rookie active as an emergency backup to Josh McCown, who will be making his first start of 2018. Bowles reiterated that Darnold will take back the No. 1 gig once he's back to full health, per Mehta.
Though a strained right foot will prevent Darnold from going through team drills for a second straight day, he was in attendance for the session and was spotted doing some light, informal throwing off to the side, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. Perhaps more notable was the fact that he was still sporting a walking boot, according to Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record, casting doubt on the rookie's availability for the weekend. If Darnold is unable to fit in any on-field activity Friday and is ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills, Josh McCown would take over as the Jets' starting signal-caller.
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