Jets fans held their breath when QB Sam Darnold got up slowly following a vicious tackle in the fourth quarter of the 35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Darnold landed hard on his right shoulder -- the same one he hurt a few weeks back -- and didn't even want to lift it up to unstrap his helmet.
Darnold did go back in the game, but head coach Adam Gase said on Monday during a conference call that his quarterback does feel sore and is going for an MRI to make sure his shoulder is all good.
"He said, ‘I’m sore’ and kinda left it at that," Gase said, adding that Darnold didn't feel any better or worse compared to his AC joint sprain against the Denver Broncos back in Week 4. "We’re just, for him and us, we just want to make sure we go through all the steps we need to go through to where we can say we’re good to go, there’s no concerns, and that he can play without anything hanging over him. We’ll take the next day or so to make sure we’re clean in that aspect.”
Gase said that the Jets will continue to talk to Darnold each day to make sure his soreness is improving like normal and not lingering.
Darnold was forced to miss two games following that Thursday Night Football injury, and Jets fans will also remember Darnold went back into that game as well before learning of his injury.
Gase, though, seemed optimistic that Darnold will be OK and that the extra caution is out of "due diligence," as he put it.
"The indication is we're in good shape," Gase said.
Other than Darnold, C Connor McGovern "had a knee," in Gase's words. He said he may miss practice time because of it.
Also, Quinnen Williams is dealing with a hamstring injury that could also limit him in practice this week as they see how bad it really is.