Sam Darnold not expected to play for Jets vs. Patriots; Joe Flacco to start

Manish Mehta, New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to miss his third game after aggravating his shoulder injury last week.

Joe Flacco is in line to start against the Patriots on Monday night, according to coach Adam Gase.

Gase said before practice on Saturday that Darnold, who suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 4 against the Broncos, didn’t feel right on Friday.

The Jets curiously brought Darnold back into the game during the fourth quarter of a blowout in Kansas City after he was injured on a third-down scramble. The team also let Darnold back into the game after he got hurt against Denver. The quarterback missed the next two games.

The Jets are 0-8 in games that Darnold has missed in his career. Flacco lost both of his starts this season.

It’s been a rough season for Darnold, who has taken a significant step back under Gase. Thirteen players in the league have as many or more touchdowns than the entire Jets offense (7).

Gase’s failings prompted him to hand over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who has been the architect of one touchdown in two games.

The Jets (0-8), the only winless team in the league, haven’t scored a touchdown in their last 17 drives.

Darnold has three touchdown passes, six interceptions and a 58.6 completion percentage this season.

“I think he’s done a good job of focusing on staying in the moment,” Gase said this week. “I think he’s done a good job of trying to do more, study more, communicate better with his teammates, lead by example, be vocal when he has to. There’s a lot of little things that people probably don’t see that he’s doing that is important for us to keep these guys, keep fighting, keep staying together and coming out and practicing and trying to do the right things.”

“I know it’s not easy when you’re in that position when your record is what it is right now,” Gase continued. “Things haven’t gone quite as well as you wanted them to, but I think he’s done a good job of taking it one week at a time and going out there and trying to find ways to get better.”

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