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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams are listed as doubtful for the Patriots game Monday night.

After practicing all week, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is now in line to miss Monday Night Football’s tilt against the struggling New England Patriots.

Head coach Adam Gase told the media of the current situation on a Saturday Zoom meeting.

“Unless something strange happens, Joe [Flacco] will be the starter for this game on Monday,” Gase said.

Darnold, 23, reinjured his bum shoulder in the team’s 35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. It was the same shoulder he injured on Thursday night against Denver that forced him to miss two games.

Despite optimism all week, it appears as though something didn’t feel right on Friday.

“I think he started out OK,” Gase added. “Obviously, he was going to do everything he could to be able to go for this game. As practice went on, he felt like there were some throws that he wasn’t comfortable with. … It didn’t feel the way he felt it should.

“I know it’s devastating for him because he’s always been able to throw the ball the way he feels he needed to, and I think yesterday was the first time he felt he did not feel the way he wanted to [while] heading into this game.”

Just as Darnold exits, the receivers turn healthy. It appears like—for the first time this season—the Jets’ top three weapons will all play in the same game. Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman (who is now out of the concussion protocol) are on track to play.

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Gase said Joe Flacco practice Thursday and took about half the reps Friday. On Saturday, he’ll take every first-team snap in preparation for the Pats.

Josh Andrews, John Franklin-Myers, Connor McGovern, Nathan Shepherd and Quinnen Williams will all be limited during Saturday’s session, but Gase said they should all be ready for Monday night as well.

Joining Darnold on the “most likely won’t play” column of the injury report is Blake Cashman, Trevon Wesco, Sam Ficken, Nathan Shepherd and Vyncint Smith. Cashman and Wesco have already been ruled out while Ficken, Shepherd, Smith and Williams join Darnold as doubtful.


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