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Sam Darnold ruled out for Jets vs. Chargers

NFL: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have officially ruled quarterback Sam Darnold out for this weekend’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Joe Flacco will make his fourth start of the season in Darnold’s place.

We are past the point where any of this matters much. The season is lost, and the Jets are likely on track to pick a quarterback in the first round of the Draft no matter what happens with Darnold from this point forward.

For the purposes of at least trying to win games, it is best to have a definitive answer on Darnold early in the week. This will give Flacco a full week of reps as the Jets install their game plan for the Chargers.

Flacco played well through the first three quarters of last week’s loss to New England, but I’m not expecting him to replicate the performance. It felt to me like one night of Flacco turning back the clock to his early Ravens days after years of performances ranging from mediocre to poor.