Jets’ Sam Darnold not ready to say he’ll start versus Patriots

Sam Darnold was limited in practice again Friday due to his sore right shoulder, and the Jets’ starting quarterback still wasn’t ready to commit to playing Monday night against the

Sam Darnold was limited in practice again Friday due to his sore right shoulder, and the Jets’ starting quarterback still wasn’t ready to commit to playing Monday night against the Patriots.

“We’ll see. Again, I think just right now taking it day by day is the best thing to do,” Darnold said after practice in Florham Park.

Adam Gase said Darnold’s availability will hinge mostly on “how he feels when he’s throwing it” in practice. The third-year QB, because of a sprained AC joint in the shoulder, was replaced by veteran backup Joe Flacco for two games last month.

“Last time we were kind of in this phase, all the throws looked fine. He had plenty of zip on the ball, and he didn’t have any issues as far as losing any velocity on balls,” Gase said. “It’s just going to be about how he’s feeling when he’s throwing.”


Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams did not practice for a second straight day due to a hamstring issue.

“I know he’s trying to play through this and trying to find a way to be there for us on Monday,” Gase said. “We’ll just see what the next couple of days bring us and see how he feels.”


It’s still possible, but not certain, that the Jets will have their projected top three wide receivers — Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and rookie Denzel Mims — active together for the first time Monday.

Perriman was listed as a full participant in practice Friday while in what Gase called “the last stage of concussion protocol.” Crowder (groin) has returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the past two games.

Wide receiver Vyncint Smith suffered a groin injury in practice Thursday and didn’t practice.


Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains missed his weekly Zoom press conference with reporters Friday due to a non-COVID-19 illness, the team said.

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