The New York Jets will take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday, and for the third consecutive game, they will not have the services of quarterback Sam Darnold. Darnold is still recovering from a bout with mononucleosis.
Darnold played in the team’s season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills. He’s since been on the sidelines recovering from his illness.
Thursday, Darnold caused a stir when he told reporters that he wanted to make sure he wouldn’t “die” if he were to play this week. It seemed like a long shot that the franchise would suit him up this week in the aftermath.
“I want to make sure I’m safe out there and I’m not going to die, I think that’s one thing. But for me sitting back and watching the team play, not having anything to do with a win or loss, it’s not a good feeling for me.”
Darnold’s spleen is the main issue. It reportedly has not recovered enough to warrant his return.
Not surprisingly, the #Jets have ruled QB Sam Darnold out for this week’s game. He got a lot of reps in practice, but the spleen did not do what Darnold wanted it to do. So, he waits.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2019
Coach Gase announces that QB Sam Darnold is out Sunday for #NYJvsPHI.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 4, 2019
Once again, the Jets will start Luke Falk and David Fales will serve as the backup.
BREAKING: Sam Darnold (mono) is out. Luke Falk will start. David Fales has been re-signed as the No. 2. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 4, 2019
While this is disappointing for Jets fans, the team isn’t exactly going anywhere this season. Making sure that your franchise quarterback is healthy before putting him back on the field certainly seems like the right move.