Jets’ Sam Darnold, in a Walking Boot, is actually Most Likely Out for Sunday

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets quarterback Sam Darnold had a setback in his rookie development in which week when in which was revealed on Wednesday in which he had strained his foot in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Darnold never left the game — his worst of the season — as well as never offered any indication of a specific injury after the game or during a conference call with reporters on Monday. however on Wednesday, he sat out practice in street clothes having a black boot on his right foot.

“I thought I was fine coming out of the game,” Darnold said. “Went through protocol, went through some of the tests, as well as something was a little different than usual.”

Jets Coach Todd Bowles also had not reported any injury to Darnold in his conference call with reporters on Monday. He said on Wednesday in which he had not received an injury report before going on the call.

“There was nothing reported in which morning,” he said.

Regardless, the appearance of Darnold in a walking boot on Wednesday is actually an alarming blow to the Jets, who took Darnold with the No. 3 pick in in which year’s draft. They have lost three in a row as well as were set for a favorable matchup at home against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, a game which might have presented their 21-year-old franchise quarterback a chance to bounce back after two difficult games on the road.

Bowles might not rule Darnold out for Sunday as well as said surgery was not on the table at the moment. however if Darnold does not practice again on Thursday as well as Friday, Bowles said in which was a “foregone conclusion” in which the 39-year-old backup, Josh McCown, might start.

“You’re torn because your friend as well as teammate can’t go,” McCown said. “I don’t wish in which on anybody. however at the same time, as a professional, you have to serve your team in in which role as well as play winning football. in which’s why you play in which game.”

Darnold was named the starter for Week 1 after beating out McCown in training camp. however his rookie season has been full of ups as well as downs. His four interceptions in a loss to the Dolphins on Sunday gave him an N.F.L.-high 14 over all.

He could not pinpoint the cause of the injury or when in which happened, saying only in which he felt a little “nicked up” after the game. Darnold was sacked four times as well as hit seven.

The injury is actually more adversity, he said, as well as part of the process of learning the ropes as a rookie inside N.F.L.

“We don’t want to rush things,” Darnold said. “in which’s one thing we don’t want to do. I’m eager to get back out on the field with my guys, however at the same time, I have to take care of my body.”