Sam Darnold looks closer than ever to being cleared to return to action.
The New York Jets quarterback needs only doctors’ clearance to return to the field for Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys, according to coach Adam Gase. Those tests will be run Tuesday.
Darnold will have his lab tests tomorrow morning, per Gase, who said, "If he gets cleared, he'll start." #jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 7, 2019
Darnold is recovering from mono, so it’s important that he can be hit without damage to his internal organs. Considering the Jets took ten sacks on Sunday, that’s a pretty big consideration. The Jets have been cautious with their quarterback, and it’s easy to understand why when you consider the potential consequences of sending him back in before he’s ready.
Darnold hasn’t played since a Week 1 loss to Buffalo.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to practice in a limited capacity this week as he continues to recover from mono, but he will not be fully cleared in time for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jets head coach Adam Gase announced on Friday that Darnold has been ruled out for Week 5 because his spleen is still not back to its normal size. While doctors cannot predict what will happen in the next week, Gase is optimistic Darnold will return next weekend.
Sam Darnold was tested last night… His spleen "is not where it needs to be," per Adam Gase.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 4, 2019
Doctors can't definitively say whether Darnold will be cleared before the Jets game against the Cowboys next week, but Adam Gase is optimistic that he'll be ready to go by then
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 4, 2019
The Jets will now have to stick with Luke Falk against Philadelphia, as Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending leg injury when he started in place of Darnold in Week 2.
Darnold told reporters this week that he is feeling better, but he also shed some light on how dangerous it would be if he played before doctors clear him. Unfortunately, he is in a holding pattern and has to wait until his spleen is no longer enlarged, otherwise he would be at risk of rupturing it.
New York is 0-3 and has a brutal stretch of schedule over the next three weeks that includes the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots, so Darnold missing another game is a major blow.
Sam Darnold still has not been fully cleared by doctors just three days before the New York Jets are set to take on the Philadelphia Eagles, and he shed some light on Thursday about what exactly it is he has been dealing with.
Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis weeks ago, which is an infection many people are familiar with. We all know it causes extreme fatigue and can linger for a long time, but it also leads to organs like the spleen becoming enlarged. When that happens, those organs are at risk of rupturing if someone takes part in an activity like football.
So, as Darnold put it on Thursday, he has to take extra precaution to make sure he’s safe and “not going to die” on the field even if he feels well enough to play.
"I want to make sure that I'm safe out there, and that I'm not going to die" – Sam Darnold
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 3, 2019
The fact that Darnold has not been cleared for contact indicates that doctors do not feel it is safe for him to be hit. Until they’re certain everything is back to normal, he’s not going to play.
Jets head coach Adam Gase previously said he was hopeful Darnold would be able to return in Week 5, and that is not out of the question. New York desperately needs him, as they are currently left with third-string quarterback Luke Falk after Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending leg injury. The Jets are 0-3 and have a brutal stretch of schedule over the next three weeks that includes the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots, so they need all the help they can get.
The New York Jets were hoping their Week 4 bye would give Sam Darnold enough time to be cleared to return, and that may still happen. However, there are some obstacles he needs to get through before he has a chance to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Jets head coach Adam Gase told reporters on Monday that Darnold can begin throwing again, but he still cannot lift weights and has not been cleared for contact.
#Jets QB Sam Darnold has been cleared for non-contact. He’ll begin throwing today. He cannot lift. They still have to do evaluation to monitor with him.
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) September 30, 2019
Darnold is recovering from mononucleosis, which resulted in him losing some weight and having an enlarged spleen. Doctors will not clear him for contact unless his spleen returns to its normal size, as there would be a risk of rupturing it.
Gase previously said he was hopeful Darnold would be able to return in Week 5, and that is not out of the question. New York desperately needs him, as they are currently left with third-string quarterback Luke Falk after Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending leg injury. The Jets are 0-3 and have a brutal stretch of schedule over the next three weeks that includes the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots, so they need all the help they can get.
The New York Jets have a bye this week and are hoping to have Sam Darnold back under center when they return to action, but the quarterback will still need clearance from doctors before that is possible.
Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis earlier in the month, and his timeline for recovery has been uncertain. Mono results in enlargement of the spleen, which could be an obstacle for Darnold. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen noted on Sunday that doctors will have to check Darnold’s spleen to make sure it is no longer enlarged, otherwise he will not be cleared for contact.
Jets QB Sam Darnold still has hurdles to clear to play week 5. He says he will have more tests Monday on his spleen. If it's not as enlarged, he can begin practicing and working out. His cardio has been limited to walking & stationary bike. Not a lock but hopeful after mono bout
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 29, 2019
If Darnold played with an enlarged spleen, he would run the risk of rupturing it. Doctors are not going to let him put himself in that position.
Jets head coach Adam Gase said earlier in the week that he is hopeful Darnold will return in Week 5, but that is clearly not a guarantee. Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending injury in his first start after Darnold’s diagnosis, so third-stringer Luke Falk is currently leading New York’s offense.
The New York Jets looked like a team that desperately needed their starting quarterback in Sunday’s blowout loss to the New England Patriots, and they may not have to play another game without him.
Jets head coach Adam Gase told reporters on Monday that Sam Darnold is on track to return in Week 5, which would be immediately after the team’s upcoming bye.
Gase says "everything looks like it's trending in the direction" for Darnold (mono) to play Week 5. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 23, 2019
Darnold has missed the last two games after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. Teams usually don’t like having a bye this early in the season, but in this case it seems to have worked out for the Jets.
Things got even worse for the Jets last week when backup quarterback Trevor Siemian was lost for the season with a leg injury. They were forced to start Luke Falk against New England’s defense, which has been dominant. While New York managed to score 14 points, they all came on defense or special teams. Falk completed just 12-of-22 passes for 98 yards and an interception.
A female fan who brought a poster to the New York Jets’ Monday night game against Cleveland and claimed to have given Sam Darnold mono was just joking, as you would suspect.
The fan was wearing a Darnold jersey and had kissing lip prints on her poster, which said “I gave Darnold mono.”
— SportsAreFunny (@SportsRFunnyPod) September 17, 2019
Is this a woman with whom Darnold has had a previous relationship? The Jets quarterback says no and that he’s “never” seen her before.
Sam Darnold says he saw the sign at MetLife Stadium of the girl claiming she gave him mono.
“I’ve never seen that girl in my life.” #jets
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) September 17, 2019
Darnold doesn’t know how he got mono, but the issue will keep him out for a few more weeks. He is not playing due to his enlarged spleen but is targeting a Week 5 return.