New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold isn’t expected to miss time with a thumb injury and he isn’t worried about it.
The New York Jets have had some bad luck with second year quarterback Sam Darnold this season. He missed three games with mononucleosis and was picked up on a microphone admitting to “seeing ghosts” against the New England Patriots.
Most recently, Darnold sprained his left (non-throwing) thumb against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Darnold is not expected to miss time with the thumb injury.
Darnold isn’t worried about his ability to suit up for the remainder of the season. “For me, the thumb is just going to be, I think really, a pain tolerance thing, which I should be fine with.”
Darnold obviously doesn’t want to miss any more time than he already has this season, as he’s appeared in only four games. As long as he can hold the ball while he’s in the pocket, the sprained thumb shouldn’t keep him off the field.
Head coach Adam Gase added that while it will bother Darnold for the rest of the year, it’s not expected to cause him to miss time. “He’s basically wrapped up right now. This is going to be one of those things that’s going to bother him all year, but it looks like he’s going to play through this.”
Costello adds that Darnold might have another weapon this week, as tight end Chris Herndon “looks like he might be able to play this week.” He would be a solid addition to a struggling Jets offense.
Darnold will look to improve on an 817-yard season with five touchdowns and eight interceptions as he battles an injury to his thumb. He has a prime opportunity Sunday against a Miami Dolphins team that is 0-7 (1 p.m. ET).