According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News there were multiple starters not participating in practice today. Quarterback Sam Darnold headlines the list as he continues to heal up after suffering a foot strain against Miami last week. Coach Todd Bowles did indeed rule out the QB during his post practice press conference with the media, giving Josh McCown the start this weekend. One positive is Bowles did state Sam Darnold will be the starter as soon as he is healthy again, hopefully coming into week 12 against the New England Patriots after the bye week – I’m really looking forward to see Darnold in that match-up. The other starters who missed practice were wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson, (C) Spencer Long and (DL) Steve McLendon, I do expect these guys to play this week regardless. One person we could see back after missing the last five games is cornerback Trumaine Johnson who spoke with Brian Costello of the NY Post and said he “expects” to be back this week – that’ll be good to see him back out there in the secondary.
This was definitely an interesting week with the Sam Darnold foot injury creating a ton of buzz among Jets fans, as to whether this is a benching cover up or if he is actually hurt. Needless to say Todd Bowles made me feel a little bit better by stating Sam Darnold is “our quarterback” and will be the starter again once he is back healthy – thank god! Benching Sam for McCown at this point in the season would be the most ridiculous decision ever, but hey this is Todd Bowles we’re talking about – he’s handled this situation a little oddly from the beginning. Give Darnold the two weeks to rest up and get him back in there for our show down against the Patriots coming out of the bye week.
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