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Sam Darnold misses first practice after bye week

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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets reacts in the fourth quarter of their game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets reacts in the fourth quarter of their game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold missed the first practice of the week after the New York Jets bye. His status is uncertain for Sunday’s Week 12 matchup against the New England Patriots.

Unfortunately for the New York Jets, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is still dealing with a foot injury that made him miss the first practice of the week coming off the bye. As per Josh Alper of NBC Sports, Darnold did not take part in Monday’s practice due to his foot injury.

Ideally, the Jets will not rush Darnold back into the starting lineup until he is 100 percent ready to go. Considering the Jets are 3-7 and have no hope of making the NFL Playoffs, it might be best to consider shutting Darnold down for the rest of the season.

These final six games are meaningless for the Jets who are pretty much playing for pride at this point in the season. Due to how bad the Jets offense is, it probably won’t make much of a difference if Darnold or veteran quarterback Josh McCown starts against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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The Jets are huge underdogs heading into this Week 12 home game against the Patriots as it would be shocking if they beat a team of such a high caliber. Regardless, Darnold missing the first practice of the week doesn’t bode well for his chances to start on Sunday.

Hopefully, the Jets, with an extra week of preparation, are able to at least play a competitive game against the Patriots in front of their home crowd. It won’t be easy but by the looks of it, this four-game losing streak could very well turn into five straight losses, regardless of who is the Jets starting quarterback.

So far this season, Darnold has totaled 1,934 passing yards, 159/289 attempts/completions, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He’s started in nine games and has undoubtedly learned a good amount of experience in his first NFL season.

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