Sam Darnold says he ‘had a little episode’ after Trevor Siemian’s injury
Sam Darnold admits to being overcome with frustration while watching fellow New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian suffer a serious injury during Monday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Darnold, who continues to recover after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, watched the Jets get manhandled by the Browns from home with his parents. When he saw Siemian suffer ligament damage in his left ankle that will require season-ending surgery, Darnold said on Tuesday that he lost it.
“When it initially happened, I actually had a little episode. I went to the room and started screaming into a pillow and punching my pillow as hard as I could. It was tough,” said Darnold, who spoke with Siemian on Tuesday, per the New York Post. “He said it was one of the most painful things that he’s ever been through.”
The Jets’ season is unsurprisingly already unraveling thanks to injuries to their top-two quarterbacks, among other issues. Sitting at 0-2 with the New England Patriots up next in Week 3, things could not have started any worse.
Darnold added Tuesday that he’s “feeling a lot better” and hopes to return to the team in Week 5 following the Jets’ bye the previous week. In the interim, the Jets will roll with third-stringer Luke Falk against the Patriots, with newly signed David Fales backing him up.
In other words, even if Darnold does return in Week 5, it may be too late for the second-year signal-caller to salvage the Jets’ downward-spriraling season.