Sam Darnold Out vs. Eagles: ‘I Want to Make Sure … I’m Not Going to Die’

Ryan Chatelain
October 04, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Sam Darnold's return to the Jets will have to wait at least another week.

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Coach Adam Gase announced Friday that Darnold has been ruled out for the Jets' game Sunday at Philadelphia. It'll be the third consecutive game the second-year quarterback will have missed since being diagnosed with mononucleosis last month.

Darnold returned to practice this week and was optimistic about playing Sunday, but doctors did not clear him for contact drills.

Gase said Darnold underwent more testing Thursday night. "It's close, but it's not where it needs to be," the Jets coach said.

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The biggest concern with mono is an enlarged spleen, which is vulnerable to rupture when it gets hit.

"He tried to do everything he could," Gase said. "He did everything he was asked to do. He did everything the doctors told him to do. It just didn't work out for him." 

As eager as he is to play again, Darnold said Thursday he's taking the situation seriously.

“It's a tough thing because you want to stay safe,” Darnold. “I want to make sure that I'm safe out there, and that, you know, I'm not going to die.”

Luke Falk will make his second career start in Darnold's place. The Jets, who are off to an 0-3 start, have re-signed David Fales to back up Falk, WFAN's Brian Costello reported.

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