The New York Jets will finally have starting quarterback Sam Darnold on the field this weekend. The second-year pro was cleared for contact today.
Darnold had missed the Jets’ previous three games with mononucleosis. Doctors were concerned about the condition of his spleen, which would have made it dangerous for him to take the field.
Darnold had returned to practice on a limited basis last week, but he’s fully good-to-go now and will be on the field when the Jets take on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon.
He's back. pic.twitter.com/tftCZc8Lmx
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 8, 2019
Considering how inept the Jets’ offense has looked over its first four games, getting Darnold back should only help. Tight end Chris Herndon will also be back in the lineup after serving a four-game suspension.
Still, the Jets’ issues run deep. Their offensive line is porous, and there are not enough weapons at the skill positions, particularly on the outside. With Darnold out, the offense has essentially been reduced to ‘give Le’Veon Bell the ball and pray.’
First-year head coach Adam Gase is already under fire, though he has had to start inexperienced third-stringer Luke Falk the last two games. Now that Darnold is back, a major excuse for Gase has been removed.
The Jets and Cowboys will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.