Sam Darnold not officially ruled out as Jets backup Sunday

Todd Bowles is still leaving the door slightly open for Sam Darnold to be active as the backup quarterback Sunday, but the Jets rookie missed his third straight practice Friday.

“It’s possible,” Bowles said. “We’ll see how he feels.”

With Darnold’s sprained right foot still in a boot as of Friday, former Giants backup Davis Webb is trending toward being elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster in time for Sunday’s game against the Bills at MetLife Stadium.

Bowles said the Jets will consider “how [Darnold] feels, how we think he compares to having Davis as the backup. We’ll think about a lot of stuff.”

As for Josh McCown, who will draw his first start since Week 14 of last season?

“[He looks] like a spring chicken right now,” Bowles said of the 39-year-old. “He hasn’t played in a while, so he’s very camp fresh right now.”

After having trouble snapping the ball to Darnold in the shotgun last week, and finally being replaced late in the game, center Spencer Long is listed as doubtful with a finger injury. He did not practice all week.

Jonotthan Harrison has been solid when filling in for Long, as he will likely do again Sunday.

“Very comfortable with Jonotthan,” Bowles said. “[I like] his effort and energy. We know he’s very fast. He’s athletic, extremely smart and he does a good job. He can play multiple positions as well. It won’t be strange having him in there.”

Anderson was at the start of Friday’s practice doing work off to the side, but the injury that kept him out of the Week 8 game against the Bears has not gone away.

“It just didn’t get any better,” Bowles said. “He didn’t suffer anything [more], kind of just didn’t get any better.”

DL Steve McLendon (ankle) returned to practice Friday on a limited basis and is questionable. TE Neal Sterling (concussion) is out.

Barkley said he, Peterman and Allen have been splitting practice reps this week, according to the Buffalo News.

TE Charles Clay (hamstring) and DE Trent Murphy (knee) are also out. LB Tremaine Edmunds (concussion), WR Andre Holmes (neck) and RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) are questionable for the Bills.

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