Jets' Adam Gase hopeful that Sam Darnold will play again this season

Danny Abriano
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While Jets QB Sam Darnold will miss his second-straight game (and fourth of 10 games this season) when Gang Green faces the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, head coach Adam Gase is confident Darnold will play again this season. 

"I expect him to be back at some point." Gase told reporters on Wednesday via Zoom.

On Tuesday, Gase said Darnold was on a throwing program, but did not provide a timetable for his return.

"Sam, What we’re going to be doing with him is he’ll be on an interval throwing program, he’s not going to practice, he won’t play this game, so Joe will end up starting, that’s where we’re at with him right now," Gase said.

On Monday, shortly after he was ruled out for Week 11, Darnold said it was a "smart decision not to play."

"It’s just got to heal. It’s got to have time," he said. "That was kind of our mindset."

With Darnold out, Joe Flacco will start again for the 0-9 Jets.

Darnold said on Monday that part of his decision to not play has to do with his longevity and the fear of a potential reinjury.

"After (weighing) that, I thought it was the best decision not to play this week," he said.

As far as how confident he is that he'll return this season?

"Very confident. I’m very confident that I’ll play again this year," Darnold explained. "For me it’s just making sure that when I do come back I’m 100 percent, so that when I do land on it or get hit it’s not getting reinjured."

Darnold has been underwhelming in six games played this season, and the Jets could be facing a franchise-altering decision after the season if they're still in position to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.