For the first time since Week 1, the New York Jets will have the services of quarterback Sam Darnold. He got a clean bill of health and will start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
But for the second week in a row, Darnold made people feel super uncomfortable explaining the state of his health.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Darnold revealed that he’s completely healthy and practicing in full. He added that he’s “not in danger” of being hit and rupturing his spleen anymore.
“I’m not worried about guys hitting me… I’m not in danger anymore,” Darnold told reporters.
It’s not the first time that Darnold has made people a bit uncomfortable while talking about his health. Last week, he said he didn’t want to play before he was completely healthy because he wanted to make he wasn’t “going to die.”
“I want to make sure that I’m safe out there and that, you know, I’m not going to die,” he said.
"I'm not worried about guys hitting me…I'm not in danger anymore" – Sam Darnold pic.twitter.com/zdFIARHzoR
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) October 10, 2019
Jets head coach Adam Gase hasn’t made the situation any less awkward. He told reporters that they “should not have him dying on the field.”
“We should be good,” Gase said Thursday before practice. “We should not have him dying on the field.”
The Jets have all kinds of problems on offense between the receivers, blocking, and poor coaching. But there can be no doubt that Darnold’s return marks a vast improvement over backup Luke Falk, who started the last two games for New York.
The Jets are 0-4 on the season and are 1-13 since mid-October of last year.