Sam Darnold Reportedly Won't Play vs. Bills; In Walking Boot with Foot Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2018

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Chicago. The Bears won 24-10. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold wore a walking boot to practice on Wednesday and won't play in Sunday's home game against the Buffalo Bills after being diagnosed with a "significant foot sprain."  

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reported the news on Darnold's injury, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adding Darnold will be assessed on a "week-by-week" basis after the Jets' bye week.

NJ Advance Media's Matt Stypulkoski showed Darnold at practice:

Matt Stypulkoski @M_Stypulkoski

Sam Darnold standing off to the side in a boot at #Jets practice https://t.co/iWBs6ggkBg

According to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini, Darnold offered few specifics regarding his injury:

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Sam Darnold has a boot on his right foot and is not practicing. He’s in street clothes. On Monday, he said he was “fine” after admitting after the game he was “dinged up.” #Jets

Losing Darnold is a significant blow to the rebuilding Jets, who selected the USC product with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 draft in an effort to land a franchise quarterback after two straight 5-11 campaigns.

The 21-year-old earned the starting job out of training camp after he turned heads with his strong arm and ability to stand firm in the pocket. He threw for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his final season with the Trojans and led them to the Pac-12 title.

Darnold has 1,934 yards, 11 touchdowns and a league-high 14 interceptions in his rookie campaign.

While Darnold is the quarterback of the future, New York still has veteran Josh McCown to turn to at the position while the rookie is sidelined. The 39-year-old has been in the league since 2002 and started 13 games for the Jets last season.