Sam Darnold returned to practice on Wednesday, but his status for Sunday’s game with the Eagles remains undecided.
Darnold has not been cleared for contact yet, but quarterbacks are not hit in practice anyway. Jets coach Adam Gase said they will monitor Darnold through practice and be flexible with how much he does depending on how he looks.
“I just don’t know how it’s going to go,” Gase said. “We could go out there and plans could change. He could take every rep. It could go either way.”
Gase sounded a bit more optimistic Wednesday morning about Darnold potentially playing in Philadelphia than he did Monday.
“I like our odds better than what they’ve been,” Gase said. “Last week, if we would have been playing a game I would have said it was really low. I like the fact that things have looked and progressed in the right direction. But I don’t know what that five percent is. There’s just some gray there still.”
Gase said they will prepare backup Luke Falk to play if Darnold is not cleared. Gase said it does not affect their game planning that much to have the uncertainty at quarterback.
“Ideally, it would be nice to say, this is what we’re doing,” Gase said. “That’s just not the situation. We’ve just got to keep talking to the doctors every day, keep talking with him and we have to be prepared to go either way.”
Gase said that Darnold will undergo tests on Friday to see if his spleen has shrunk to where he can play. He also said this will be a group decision between the doctors, the front office and the coaching staff. Gase said they can’t allow their 0-3 record to be a factor in the decision.
“That’s why it can’t just be one person,” Gase said. “That’s why [general manager] Joe [Douglas] and those guys have to be involved. The training staff, the doctors … because I know what he’s going to say. If it’s up to Sam, I know what’s going to happen. If it’s me, yeah. That’s why Joe is an important part of this. For him to say if it doesn’t look right.”