Sam Darnold plays for the New York Jets, but one has to wonder if he spent his offseason in a place like New Orleans or Salem. After another strange injury, the second-year NFL quarterback appears to be under some kind of voodoo spell.
According to the New York Daily News, Darnold limped in to practice on Wednesday after getting his toenail removed one day earlier. Jets coach Adam Gase said that the procedure was “pretty gross.”
Sam Darnold’s Increasingly-Strange Injuries
Surprisingly, this isn’t even the first unconventional injury for Sam Darnold this season. While most football players suffer broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions, and muscle strains, Darnold has succumbed to a toenail and an enlarged spleen.
Darnold started off the season with mononucleosis, which caused his spleen to balloon. This put him at risk of a ruptured spleen, which could be lethal.
"I wanna make sure that I'm safe out there, and that I'm not gonna die" – Sam Darnold pic.twitter.com/w0J1MiZ2TL
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Darnold also missed time last year due to a sprained foot. Luckily, this toenail probably won’t cause him to miss any games.
“We’re just trying to make sure that he feels good with the shoes that he’s got. He just had that procedure (Tuesday). He had a toenail removed. I don’t know.”
Gase said Darnold was limping a little bit but once he gets the right shoes and padding, he should be “good to go.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean he’ll be good.
The Meddling Patriots Could Be to Blame
Sam Darnold’s injury came the day after he faced the New England Patriots. While Darnold is still a young quarterback trying to learn the ropes, this was a particularly rough game. Darnold threw four interceptions, lost a fumble and, eventually, a toenail. He even went so far as to say he was “seeing ghosts.” That might not have been a joke.
The fact that this stinker of a game came against the Patriots cannot be overlooked. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is already under heavy suspicion of being a black magic wizard. New England is home to Salem, MA, one of the witchiest places on Earth. Meanwhile, Darnold’s foot sprain in 2018 severely hampered him in a brutal game against the Patriots.
— The Ringer (@ringer) January 22, 2017
What’s worse, Darnold contracted his mono not long after the Patriots traded wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Jets. This has caused some conspiracy theorists to allege that Thomas actually had mono and gave it to Darnold.
While a true magician never reveals his secrets, one thing we do know is that Bill Belichick has owned the Jets for the past few years. Hopefully, the Jets can send some recruiters to Hogwarts and make their next meeting a fair fight.