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Jets QB Sam Darnold Has Minor Thumb Surgery

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold underwent minor surgery to repair a thumb ligament on his non-throwing hand, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

He’s not expected to miss any time this offseason when players report back to the team facility in the spring. His offseason training in Southern California won’t be impacted in any meaningful manner, either.

Darnold injured his thumb in a loss to the Jaguars in late October before playing the rest of the season with a brace. He altered his handoffs by using two hands for the final couple months of the season, but didn’t impact his throwing in any tangible way.

Darnold said after the season that he would need more tests before determining whether or not he would require surgery.

Video: Jets Surprise the Steelers, Top Pittsburgh at Home 16-10

The Jets defense stepped up, as they held the Steelers to 260 yards and did enough, as they topped Pittsburgh at home Sunday 16-10.

Here’s the highlights.

NFL Week 16 Inactives – Steelers at Jets

Here’s today’s inactives as the Steelers are at MetLife Stadium to take on the Jets.

Steelers: QB Paxton Lynch, CB Artie Burns, S Marcus Allen, LB Tuzar Skipper, OL Chukwuma Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry, WR Amara Darboh

Jets: DB Blake Countess, CB Nate Hairston, OL Tom Compton, RB Kenneth Dixon, WR Demaryius Thomas, RB Josh Adams, DB Bennett Jackson

Video: Jets Look to Play Spoiler at Home Sunday Against the Steelers

The Jets will look to play spoiler as they take on the Steelers Sunday afternoon, looking to put a dent in Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes.

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Jets vs Ravens Wednesday Injury Report

NEW YORK JETS
The Jets did not practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The practice reports for those days are estimations.
Status Report
  OUT T Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness)
 
  DOUBTFUL S Jamal Adams (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee), DT Quinnen Williams (neck)
 
  QUESTIONABLE DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip), DE Nathan Shepherd (ankle)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday S Jamal Adams (ankle), T Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee), DT Quinnen Williams (neck)
  Tuesday S Jamal Adams (ankle), T Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee), DT Quinnen Williams (neck)
  Wednesday S Jamal Adams (ankle), T Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee), DT Quinnen Williams (neck)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip), DE Nathan Shepherd (ankle)
  Tuesday DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip), DE Nathan Shepherd (ankle)
  Wednesday DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip), DE Nathan Shepherd (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday RB Le’Veon Bell (illness), CB Maurice Canady (shoulder), G Tom Compton (ankle), QB Sam Darnold (knee, left thumb), QB David Fales (right elbow), LB Paul Worrilow (quadricep)
  Tuesday RB Le’Veon Bell (illness), CB Maurice Canady (shoulder), G Tom Compton (ankle), QB Sam Darnold (knee, left thumb), QB David Fales (right elbow), LB Paul Worrilow (quadricep)
  Wednesday RB Le’Veon Bell (illness), CB Maurice Canady (shoulder), G Tom Compton (ankle), QB Sam Darnold (knee, left thumb), QB David Fales (right elbow), LB Paul Worrilow (quadricep)
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 The Ravens did not practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The practice reports for those days are estimations.
Status Report
  OUT LB Chris Board (concussion)
 
  DOUBTFUL T Ronnie Stanley (concussion)
 
  QUESTIONABLE TE Mark Andrews (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (quadricep), S Anthony Levine (ankle), DT Jihad Ward (elbow)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday TE Mark Andrews (knee), LB Chris Board (concussion), S Anthony Levine (ankle), T Ronnie Stanley (concussion)
  Tuesday LB Chris Board (concussion), RB Mark Ingram (not injury related), S Anthony Levine (ankle), T Ronnie Stanley (concussion), S Earl Thomas (not injury related), DT Brandon Williams (not injury related)
  Wednesday LB Chris Board (concussion), T Ronnie Stanley (concussion)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday QB Lamar Jackson (quadricep), DT Jihad Ward (elbow)
  Tuesday TE Mark Andrews (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (quadricep), DT Jihad Ward (elbow)
  Wednesday TE Mark Andrews (knee), S Anthony Levine (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Mark Ingram (not injury related), QB Lamar Jackson (quadricep), S Earl Thomas (not injury related), DT Jihad Ward (elbow), DT Brandon Williams (not injury related)

Video: Jets Look to Land Upset in Prime Time on Thursday Against the Ravens

Everyone is wondering if Ravens QB Lamar Jackson will be good to go for Thursday’s game with his quad injury, either way the Jets are looking to land the upset in Baltimore in a prime time showdown.

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Jets RB Bell Wont Be Disciplined for Saturday Night Bowling Trip

Le’Veon Bell won’t be disciplined for his Saturday night bowling excursion even though it was a bad optic. Adam Gase admitted Tuesday that he would have preferred that the veteran running back stay at home to fully recover from the flu, but the coach didn’t seem overly concerned by the situation, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Bell missed two practices last week before the team ruled him out Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He spent a couple hours channeling his inner Pete Weber in the evening.

“We didn’t want him coming to the (team) hotel or locker room when he was still contagious,” Gase said Tuesday. “That wasn’t his fault that we said that he was still contagious. That’s what the doctors told him. I’d rather him not be… I’d rather him be at home just getting better, but that will be a conversation we have (later Tuesday).”

Gase said that Bell, who is having the worst year of his career, didn’t violate any team rules.

“What am I going to discipline him for?” Gase said. “I can’t tell him you have to stay in your house.”

Asked if he felt it was a bad optic that a sick player was bowling the night before a game that he had already ruled out for, Gase quipped, “Yeah. I would say so.”

The coach admitted that Bell did want to play in the game despite his illness, but the medical staff was concerned that he would spread the flu to teammates. The Seahawks and Patriots dealt with a flu bug that affected many players. The Patriots even took two planes to Houston a couple weeks ago to keep the healthy players away from the sick ones.

“He wanted to play,” Gase said. “But they told him, ‘You’re still contagious.’ They didn’t want him around all the other guys. They thought it would spread through the team. We didn’t want to have a situation like some of these other teams were having when they got 20 guys out during the week…. I know he didn’t feel great, but I know he was probably thinking I can still go.”

Video: ESPN’s Stephen A. Takes Issue with Le’Veon Bell Bowling After Being Ruled Out Sick

Stephen A. Smith explains why he has a problem with RB Le’Veon Bell allegedly going bowling until 1 AM after being ruled out by the Jets due to the flu.