2:02 AM ET
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The winless New York Jets have a lot of problems. Add injured quarterback to the list.
Sam Darnold sprained his right shoulder Thursday night in the Jets’ 37-28 loss to the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. He finished the game after being body-slammed to the turf in the first quarter, but he admitted it was a “painful” injury and seemed to be uncomfortable in a postgame video call with reporters.
The Jets (0-4) didn’t provide a prognosis. They have a mini-bye before facing the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 11.
Darnold insisted he was “fine” and that he’d take it day by day.
“I’ve had something similar, so I wasn’t too worried,” he said. “Once they told me I could go out there again, I started to get excited.”
Darnold grimaced in pain after he was sacked. He tried to play through it, but he lasted only one play before he went to the sideline and was taken immediately to the locker room for an examination.
He was replaced by former Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, who made his Jets debut. Flacco played only four snaps before yielding to Darnold.