NY Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold’s MRI “showed a reaggravation” in his shoulder.
From injuries to lackluster play, Darnold hasn’t found the success that many Jets fans hoped he would find this year. And this past Sunday’s game certainly isn’t going to help matters.
Darnold and the Jets were expectedly blown out by the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday falling to 0-8 after a one-sided matchup that produced a final score of 35-9.
To make matters worse, Darnold went down with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter injuring the same shoulder that he had hurt back in Week 4. The initial hope was that he hadn’t reaggravated the same injury.
To determine the extent of the injury, the Jets sent Darnold out for a second opinion as he underwent an MRI that was described by head coach Adam Gase to only be done out of an abundance of caution.
The Jets were hoping to determine whether or not Darnold would be able to further aggravate the injury. Unfortunately, the results from the MRI weren’t as promising as first anticipated.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Darnold’s MRI “showed a reaggravation” in his right shoulder after all. However, the 23-year-old will reportedly attempt to play through the injury despite the reaggravation.
Because we all know that worked out so well last time.
The NY Jets mismanaged Sam Darnold’s injury situation back in Week 4.
Darnold originally injured his shoulder in the first quarter of the Jets’ Thursday night loss to the Denver Broncos back in Week 4. Somewhat controversially, Gase decided to keep Darnold in the game despite the injury.
The result saw Darnold sidelined for two weeks with an AC joint sprain further solidifying the notion that the QB probably should have been removed earlier.
A similar situation occurred this past Sunday when Darnold appeared to re-injure the shoulder on a fourth-quarter scramble that saw him sandwiched between two Chiefs defenders.
Despite trailing by three scores in the fourth quarter, Gase trotted Darnold back on to the field the very next possession allowing him to take multiple additional hits before the game finally came to an end.
Given that Darnold has now reportedly reaggravated the injury, it’s fair to wonder if allowing him to play out a game that was already lost was a mistake. Darnold is still intent on playing through the injury, but he clearly won’t be at 100 percent.
Thus, the disaster of a season for Sam Darnold and the Jets continues.