KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 01: New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) is upended during a sack by Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton (98) during the first half on November 1, 2020 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold underwent an MRI after reinjuring his shoulder in the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

It wasn’t the best decision in the world. Sam Darnold admitted that idea after the game.

“It’s fine. Not a great decision by me,” Darnold told the media after the New York Jets35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday. “It’s third and forever and I’m trying to run for a first down. I have to get down.”

Darnold’s late-game scamper against the Chiefs saw him visibly shaken up and favoring his bum shoulder—the very one he injured on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.


Darnold will always say, “It’s fine.” That’s just the competitor in him. Apparently, it didn’t feel good enough to avoid an MRI.

Adam Gase told the media on Monday’s conference call that his young quarterback underwent an MRI for precautionary reasons. It didn’t come back with anything incredibly troublesome, but the team will take it one day at a time.

“We’re just making sure that we’re talking through to him as far as where (he’s) at pain-wise,” Gase said. “(We’re also seeking) second opinions just to make sure hey we’re good, (and) we’re just making sure that we’re not putting him in harm’s way to where any further damage could be done.”

Darnold, 23, is playing out a season that leaves his Jets future incredibly clouded. The Trevor Lawrence-tank rumors continue to increase as the losses pile up, which means the finishing stretch of the 2020 campaign means a great deal to the third-year quarterback.

As of now, Darnold is slated to start next Monday night when the 2-5 New England Patriots visit Northern New Jersey. Darnold revealed that his shoulder felt better than he thought it would Monday morning.

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“I mean, it’s just sore,” Darnold said on Monday. “I don’t know if it’s more sorer or less sore than Buffalo, but that hit definitely didn’t help. But again, I should have slid, not taken that hit. Obviously going to continue to learn from my mistakes like that. But like I said, I woke up and it feels better than I thought it would honestly, and right now I’m just taking it one day the time.”

Sam Darnold has currently thrown for 1,045 yards and three touchdowns to six interceptions in six games this season.


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