Sam Darnold will play if doctors clear him but wants to make sure he’s safe


Sam Darnold will play Sunday if doctors clear him, the Jets starting quarterback said Thursday. But he wants to make sure he doesn’t die on the field because of an enlarged spleen.

It seems a reasonable request.

“I want to make sure I’m safe out there, and I’m not going to die,” Darnold said, via Zach Braziller of the New York Post. “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 returned to the practice field this week for the first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis ahead of the team’s Week Two game.

Darnold has taken most of the first-team reps, “preparing and practicing like I’m going to play.”

But Darnold will undergo more tests Friday to ensure his spleen is not at a higher risk of rupturing as a result of the bout with mono.

“I feel like I’m good enough to play,” Darnold said. “My energy is great. I’m having fun out there. . . .It’s good to be back. From that standpoint, I feel like I’m good to go.”

Darnold is wearing extra padding to guard his spleen, with X-Tech providing him customized protection.

“It’s good reinforcement,” Darnold said.

10 responses to “Sam Darnold will play if doctors clear him but wants to make sure he’s safe

  1. Two consecutive seasons and he has yet to play a full season. Another USC QB bust.

  2. Its not really something to joke about at all, but having a promising young QB die on the field would be one of the Jetsiest things that could possibly happen. Completely on brand for them.

  3. He’d better have his own doctor give the approval and not anybody connected with the team. Gase has made it clear he thinks this is no big deal. This is a sickness that typically lays up healthy young people for many weeks. It’s beyond odd that anybody would expect a professional athlete playing a contact sport to quickly return at top form.

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