Sam Darnold doesn't want to die, so Jets will start backup vs. Eagles


The Eagles won’t have to worry about Sam Darnold this weekend. 

While the Jets (0-3) were holding out hope that their starting quarterback would get medically cleared, it didn’t happen. On Friday morning, they officially ruled him out. 

Darnold’s spleen is still enlarged from a bout with mononucleosis. Darnold has played just one game this season. If Darnold played this weekend, he would be in serious danger. It takes a long time to get over mono and the enlarged spleen is a really dangerous situation. 

Here’s what Darnold said earlier in the week: 

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

Jets head coach Adam Gase might want to work on his body language. He wasn’t exactly exuding confidence as he announced that his QB was out. 

I guess I understand why, though. 

With Darnold out, the Jets will start backup Luke Falk. This will be Falk’s second-career start. And his first-career start came against the Patriots in Week 3 and it did not go well. The 2018 sixth-round pick was 12 for 22 with 98 yards and an interception. 

Of course, the Eagles’ defense isn’t exactly filled with world-beaters right now either. They have real issues at the cornerback position because of injuries. This will be a battle of the league’s worst passing offense vs. the league’s worst passing defense. 


Buckle up. 

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