Sam Darnold back at Jets practice, ‘hopeful’ for Sunday

New York Post

Sam Darnold is no longer just a spectator.

The Jets quarterback participated in positional drills and some team periods Wednesday for the first time since straining his right foot in Week 9. He was back in pads last week coming out of the bye but had not practiced until Wednesday, when he was officially listed as limited.

“Felt really good today, got some action, so just going to continue to do what I can to get better and see where we go from here,” Darnold said.

Though Todd Bowles did not shed any insight on the rookie’s chances of playing Sunday against the Titans — “We’ll see how he progresses,” the coach said — Darnold said he was “hopeful.” His foot was “a little sore” shortly after practice, but Darnold was anxious to see how it would feel on Thursday.

“Coming back after today and actually practicing on it, being on it today and cutting and doing my drops, it’ll be interesting to see how it feels [Thursday],” Darnold said. “I’m pretty optimistic about it though.”

Josh McCown, who has started the past two games, was taking the first snap in each quarterback drill, but Darnold filled in behind him. McCown was also limited in practice because of back and thumb injuries but said he was “coming along.”

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