Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) will miss second straight game; Josh McCown to start vs. Patriots

New York will be without its rookie play-caller for the second consecutive week, which moves journeyman Josh McCown into the starting spot Sunday against the Patriots.

Sam Darnold is still dealing with a foot injury that has kept him off the field as the Jets try and turn around their lowly season. His absence sets up a quarterback clash between the NFL’s two oldest players under center.

The combined age for McCown (39) and Brady (41) is 80 years, 258 days to make this opposing duo the second-oldest pair of competing starters since the 1970 league merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only QB matchup with a higher combined age was Vinny Testaverde (44) and Brett Favre (38) back in 2007.

“Our careers, other than age, there’s probably not a lot of similarities,” McCown said, via ESPN. “But I can respect what he’s gone through year in and year out to get himself ready to play. Physically, mentally, and then the focus it takes to do that, is remarkable.

“As young quarterbacks, you look around the league and say, ‘Who is the standard?’ or ‘Who do you want to model yourself after?’ Tom has certainly set that mark.”

Darnold has not practiced since suffering a strain in his right foot Nov. 4 against the Dolphins. He did dress for practice and jogged on the sidelines, but he has not yet been cleared to participate, not even in light positional drills.

The team holds out hope for Darnold’s return next week against the Titans.