NY Jets: Sam Darnold to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder

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NY Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder.

The NY Jets lost yet again this week falling to the Kansas City Chiefs by a final score of 35-9 in Week 8. And to make matters worse, quarterback Sam Darnold re-aggravated his shoulder in the losing effort.

With the Jets already trailing 28-9 early in the fourth quarter, Darnold scrambled up the middle and was sandwiched between two Chiefs defenders. Almost immediately, it became pretty apparent that Darnold was in pain.

The 23-year-old came up clutching his right shoulder — the same one he injured a few weeks back that caused him to miss time. However, much to the dismay of Jets fans, Darnold was once again allowed to finish the game despite it being a blowout.

Head coach Adam Gase spoke to reporters following the game and indicated that the injury to his quarterback was nothing serious and that they didn’t expect him to miss any time.

However, the team will evidently be doing their due diligence as Darnold is being sent to undergo an MRI and get a second opinion, as revealed by Gase on Monday.

Darnold also spoke with reporters and said that he “woke up and felt good” today. He said that the next step is rehab and that he’ll “try the best [he] can” to practice.

That doesn’t sound very reassuring.

The NY Jets insist that Sam Darnold’s MRI is only being done out of caution.

Gase did say that the MRI is only being done out of an abundance of caution just to confirm that he isn’t at risk of further injury. But if that’s the case, maybe he shouldn’t have been allowed to finish a game that was already over by the time the injury occurred.

Just a thought.

Regardless, if Darnold is forced to miss time again, veteran Joe Flacco will be inserted back into the starting lineup. Flacco struggled immensely in his two starts this season and currently ranks as Pro Football Focus‘ worst-graded quarterback.

If you listen to what the Jets are saying, Darnold should be totally fine and there’s only a very small chance that he actually misses any time. But listening to the Jets’ injury updates hasn’t exactly gone well this year.

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Here’s to hoping that Darnold’s MRI reveals no risk of further injury and that he’s good to go for the team’s Monday night showdown with the New England Patriots in Week 9.