EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up prior to the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots on October 21, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is taking his shoulder injury one day at a time, which means his status for MNF remains in doubt.

The New York Jets remain optimistic about Sam Darnold’s chances for Monday night’s tilt against the struggling New England Patriots. Unfortunately, optimism around these parts oftentimes leads to disappointment.

Darnold’s ailing shoulder—the very same one he injured against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night earlier in the season—continues to bother him at practices. The struggling third-year quarterback publicly assessed his shoulder and potential availability with the media Friday afternoon.

“Yeah, you know, we’ll see,” Darnold said about potentially suiting up for the New England game Monday night. “Again, right now just taking it day by day is the best thing to do.”

Darnold, 23, placed himself in a peculiar situation in the very same spot a year ago. Squaring off against the Patriots on Monday night, Darnold and the Jets offense had no answers for Belichick’s aggressive defense.

Darnold threw for just 86 yards to go along with no touchdowns and four interceptions in the Jets’ embarrassing 33-0 loss to the Pats at MetLife Stadium. His “I’m seeing ghosts” comment while mic’d up was not only available for public consumption, but it also placed the Jets back in familiar laughingstock territory for at least a week.

“I think what they [Patriots] do really well is they bring pressure and they play man really well,” Darnold told reporters. “They play leverages. Their safeties are really smart in how they play the middle of the field and how they play certain guys.

“They always have a really good plan and we have to be prepared for them.”

Sam Darnold currently sports an ugly back of the card. His 1,045 yards and three touchdowns to six interceptions in six games isn’t what the majority of folks expected this season.

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