Jets head coach Adam Gase revealed on Monday that QB Sam Darnold sustained a left thumb sprain during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. But it won't mean Darnold will be sidelined once again this season.
Gase said Darnold will continue to have his thumb wrapped up, as it was on Sunday. He admitted it would "bother him all year," but the sophomore quarterback won't let that deter him from finishing out the season.
"I think for me the thumb is going to be a pain tolerance thing, which I should be fine with," Darnold told reporters Monday.
Darnold isn't going to blame that thumb injury for what occurred against the Jags on Sunday, where he tossed three interceptions to two touchdowns. Two of those interceptions came in the fourth quarter during a one score game.
"I can definitely be a lot smarter," he said of the interceptions. "I think the first one was the one that stung the most because our defense did a great job of getting the ball back. Then, for me to just go and turn it over like that definitely hurt a little bit. On that instance, just throwing the ball away would be a better idea. The other ones, the third one especially, was just a bad throw. Got to keep working on my fundamentals to make sure that doesn't happen again."
It wasn't Darnold's best effort for sure, finishing the day 21-for-30 with 218 yards as well. But he said nothing is wrong with him mentally or physically anymore. He's been through a lot already through the first half of the season, but he'll continue to battle and lead the offense to more consistency.
"I feel like myself. I think it's just about us as an offense continuing to find a rhythm," he explained. "That first drive, we're capable of doing that every single drive. We just gotta sustain success and not be satisfied with one drive, but continue to get out there and prove we're a really good offense."