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New York Jets injury report: Sam Darnold’s struggle, Breshad Perriman’s blessing

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Breshad Perriman #19 of the New York Jets in action against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 49ers defeated the Jets 31-13.
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The New York Jets’ Wednesday injury report features Sam Darnold‘s struggle and Breshad Perriman‘s blessing, which should help Joe Flacco.

FLORHAM PARK, NJSam Darnold is out. It’s just Wednesday, but New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has already declared his young quarterback as a no-go for the team’s Week 6 matchup against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium this coming Sunday.

“Sam (Darnold) will not practice; he’ll be out this week,” Gase told the media before practice.

“I think he’s better than what he was last week. I think the more time we give him, the better he’ll feel. I think he’s taken the steps that we need him to take to give us an opportunity into next week. We’ll be able to make that decision when we get there. I think he’s doing a good job of communicating and letting us know how he feels, where it’s not what I want to hear, he’s being honest as far as his pain tolerance, his range of motion, how it feels.”

Darnold, 23, missed last Sunday’s 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals thanks to the shoulder injury sustained against the Denver Broncos. Joe Flacco started, didn’t do much in the game, and will receive his second-straight start.

The good news for New York comes in the form of skilled position players. Breshad Perriman was a limited participant Wednesday, but it looks as though everything is trending in the right direction.

Perriman, 27, has missed the last three games with the ankle injury he suffered against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. With Robby Anderson going bonkers in Carolina, Perriman’s absence has been highlighted.

For the kid whose father helped him understand the professional football life as a youngster, getting back to the game he loves is a blessing.

“It’s just a blessing to be back out there,” Perriman told the media on a Zoom call after practice. “Been waiting all month. It’s hard, sitting, watching my teammates play. I’m feeling good (and) Sunday’s looking pretty good for me right now.”

Mekhi Becton and Alex Lewis also missed practice. Becton continues to struggle with that shoulder injury and his status is a complete unknown at the moment. Although Lewis was a no-go Wednesday, Gase is feeling pretty confident about his chances later in the week.

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Denzel Mims was on the field and did practice, which is tremendous news for Flacco (and eventually Darnold). Gase would not commit to providing any sort of prognostication due to how Mims’s other hamstring burned him heading into Week 1.

The Jets and Dolphins are slated for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff from Miami this Sunday.

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