Jets QB Darnold (shoulder) won't start vs. Pats

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, still bothered by an ailing right shoulder, won’t start Monday night against the New England Patriots, the team announced.

Backup Joe Flacco will make his third start of the season for the winless Jets (0-8).

The Jets were optimistic at the start of the week that Darnold, who aggravated the previously injured shoulder last Sunday, would be able to start. After sitting out practice Thursday as a precautionary rest day, he returned Friday and didn’t feel right, coach Adam Gase said.

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Gase said Darnold will be listed as doubtful, but he made it clear that Flacco will get the nod “unless something strange happens.”

The Jets are 0-8 when Darnold doesn’t start, dating to his rookie year, 2018.

Darnold hurt the shoulder — a sprained AC joint — on Oct. 1 against the Denver Broncos, causing him to miss two games. He returned for two games, then took a hit late in a 35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Obviously, he was going to do everything he could to go in this game,” Gase said. “As practice went on [Friday], he felt like there were some

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