Darnold has been unable to practice since sustaining the injury. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, that changed after he was able to take part in practice on Wednesday.
Sam Darnold is participating in QB drills. First time since his injury #NYJ
Darnold's limited participation does not clarify his status for Week 13. However, it is encouraging to see him back on the field. The rookie has missed the last two games with the foot injury. Although New York will undoubtedly proceed with caution with his recovery, it is safe to assume that he is poised to make his return in the near future.
Quarterback Josh McCown has struggled over the last two games in Darnold's absence. He has completed just 43 of 79 passes for 411 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions during that span. There is no question that New York's struggles go beyond their issues under center. This became evident while Darnold was still healthy and turning the ball over on a consistent basis. However, both quarterbacks have largely struggled to find a rhythm in this lackluster offense.
Regardless, the Jets are likely hoping that Darnold can return as soon as possible. They have already committed this season to his development. The final stretch of the season will allow the rookie to go through his growing pains as they reboot for next year.