Sam Darnold Sustains Sprained Thumb In Jets' Loss


Jets quarterback Sam Darnold sustained a sprained thumb in the team's 29-15 loss to Jacksonville, according to head coach Adam Gase. 

The injury occurred in his non-throwing hand and remained in the game, totaling 218 yards against the Jaguars defense. Darnold was also picked off three separate times on Sunday, a week removed from throwing four interceptions in his previous outing. 

Darnold, however, says the injury didn't have an impact his play. He revealed he sprained his thumb on a routine play. Darnold had his thumb wrapped up from the point of the sack until the end of the game. 

"It was when I scrambled and lost the ball out of bounds," Darnold told reporters after the game

There's no indication if Darnold, whose been plagued by injuries this season, will actually miss next week against the Dolphins. But Darnold's willingness to finish the game is a positive sign for Gang Green's offense. 

Darnold recently overcame his crisis with mononucleosis. Issues with his spleen kept Darnold sidelined for four games before he made his return two weeks ago.  

Soon after last week's loss to New England, Darnold reportedly showed up to the Jets facility with a limp. He had undergone a procedure to remove a toenail, but that didn't affect his status for Sunday. 

Darnold, despite his sprained left thumb, couldn't overcome the physical Jaguars defense. 

The Jets quarterback was sacked eight times throughout the game — the most he's ever been taken down since he arrived in the NFL. Darnold's center Ryan Kalil left the game with a knee injury. He was evaluated during the game, but did not return to the field. 

Trumaine Johnson also left the contest. He suffered an ankle injury and was ruled questionable to return.