Sam Darnold was bruised, battered and under the weather for much of the 2019 season.
Expectations were high for the second-year QB, and for the Jets, but both Darnold and the team had their issues, especially at the beginning of the season. Adam Gase's group disappointed early and couldn't recover, as the team ultimately missed the playoffs.
Darnold’s problems can mostly be attributed to injuries and illnesses. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t totally healthy to end the season, and has now reportedly undergone surgery to help fix that.
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Darnold had surgery Tuesday to repair a ligament in his left thumb. The 22-year-old apparently first suffered the injury in a game against the Jaguars back on October 27.
The new campaign got off to an unusual start for Darnold when he was diagnosed with mononucleosis in the middle of September. He missed three games recovering from that, and he then still had to deal with knee and rib injuries after returning to action.
Darnold is clearly the quarterback of the Jets’ future, so the team might want to prioritize keeping him healthy and safe. One way to protect Darnold would be to make some improvements along the offensive line.