Jets’ Sam Darnold says he’s fine after regretful decision


The Jets got an injury scare early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Sam Darnold took a hard hit on a scramble and looked like he had re-injured his right shoulder.

Darnold got up slowly after the hit and unbuckled his chin strap with his left hand. The play came at the end of a possession, and Darnold did not miss any snaps, returning to the game on the next possession after a Chiefs touchdown.

Following the game, both Darnold and coach Adam Gase said Darnold was fine but would be evaluated Monday. Darnold is playing with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, an injury he suffered on Oct. 1 against the Broncos and caused him to miss two games.

“All indications right now, it seems that he’s OK,” Gase said. “Obviously, with what happened a few weeks back, we’ll be doubling back on that and making sure that he is OK. We’ll just keep a close eye on that one.”

Darnold scrambled on third-and-10 with 13:59 left in the game and the Jets down, 28-9. Instead of sliding, he was tackled by Tershawn Wharton and Tanoh Kpassagnon after a 5-yard gain. Darnold was kicking himself for not sliding.

Sam Darnold is upended during the Jets’ loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.Getty Images

“It’s fine,” Darnold said of his shoulder. “It was not a great decision by me. It was third-and-forever and I tried to run for it. I’ve got to get down, man. It’s not a great decision, but it is feeling fine.”

Darnold’s rough third season continued Sunday. He was 18 of 30 passing for 133 yards. He has not thrown a touchdown pass since Week 3 against the Colts.

The Jets managed just 64 yards in the second half after gaining 157 in the first half. It is the second week their offense disappeared in the second half. Last week, they had just 4 yards in the second half against the Bills.

“We’ve got to come out with more energy in the second half,” tackle George Fant said.

The Jets had three straight three-and-outs to start the second half and then Chris Herndon fumbled to end their fourth drive, ending any hope they had of keeping it close. It is damning for Gase and his staff that they get outmaneuvered at halftime every week.

“They just got us in the second half with better adjustments than what we did,” Fant said. “We’ve got to fix it.”

Remember when the Jets were going to feed their rookie playmakers?

WR Denzel Mims had just two catches for 42 yards on three targets. Mims made one dynamic catch but was not targeted enough. RB La’Mical Perine had eight carries for 27 yards and two catches for 6 yards. Veteran Frank Gore had more carries (10) than Perine.

DL Quinnen Williams had a nice game with two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. He left the game with a hamstring injury, though, something that will be evaluated further Monday. … Sunday was the 10th time an opposing QB threw for at least 5 touchdowns against the Jets with Patrick Mahomes throwing for five. George Blanda (twice), Dan Marino (twice), Andy Dalton, Boomer Esiason, Joe Ferguson, Steve Grogan and Lamar Jackson are the others who have done it. … The Jets point differential of -144 is the worst in franchise history through eight games, according to ESPN.

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