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Sam Darnold will sit out again for Jets

Sam Darnold and Joe Flacco of the New

Sam Darnold and Joe Flacco of the New York Jets talk on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Sam Darnold will miss his second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury.

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will get the start again Sunday against Miami, coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday. Flacco was 18-for-33 for 195 yards and one touchdown pass in last week’s loss to the Cardinals.

Darnold sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in the Jets’ loss to the Broncos on Oct. 1. He has resumed throwing this week, "slowly but surely," he said.

"I’m progressing," Darnold said via Zoom. "I feel like the shoulder is gaining a ton of range of motion, which is good."

Gase said Darnold is doing everything he can "to have an opportunity" to return for next Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

"He’s a quick healer," Gase said. "There’s no doubt none of us would ever say he’s anything but tough. We just want to make sure that he’s good before we put (him) out there."

When Darnold returns he won’t have Le’Veon Bell to hand off to anymore. The Jets waived Bell on Tuesday night.

Darnold texted Bell and told him how much he enjoyed playing with him. The third-year quarterback said he trusts that general manager Joe Douglas and Gase are doing what "they believe" is best for the team.

"We got great people in the front office and great people making decisions for us," Darnold said. "I wish nothing but the best for Le’Veon moving forward. Me and him texted each other after it happened, just said that I loved playing with him, and just wished him nothing but the best."

More injury updates

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman, sidelined the last three games with an ankle injury, practiced on a limited basis. He could return this week. "I feel good," Perriman said. "I think Sunday looks pretty good for me right now."

Rookie receiver Denzel Mims (hamstrings) was designated to return from IR, triggering his 21-day window to be activated. Mims hasn’t played yet and may not this week after missing all of training camp. Gase said Mims has to "go through the steps" before he’s activated.

Left tackle Mekhi Becton didn’t practice because of the shoulder injury that kept him out last week.

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