There has recently been a strange move by some armchair analysts that the jets should rest on Sam Darnold, regardless of what the doctors say about his enlarged spleen due to the mononucleosis he has had in recent weeks.
Protect him from passers-by. Protect him from himself. Keep him out of the way.
There have even been some suggestions that jets should put their franchise quarterback into bubble wrap for the remainder of the season, relinquish that 0-3 draw and save him and his spleen for 2020 if the team around him is likely to be better.
All this is absurd. The jets should do with Darnold what the doctors tell them. When he is released to play, he plays.
After the ultrasound and blood tests that Darnold performs on Friday, when doctors tell him to leave for Philadelphia on Sunday, Darnold should play. End of the story.
"For me, the results will speak for themselves. Doctors will make that decision, "said Darnold on Thursday after completing his second full week of training while performing all the starter reps." I want to make sure I'm safe and will not die. But when I sit back and watch the team play and have nothing to do with victory or defeat, that's not a good feeling for me.
Darnold, who has a custom built extra plastic upholstery. Around his middle section, he was asked if he would consider scoring after being released.
"If the doctors give me the green light, hopefully there is no risk out there," he said. "As soon as I'm out there playing football, I'm not worried about it, I'll be careful, but at the same time I'll play as if nothing had happened."
Darnold said he "prepares and practices as I would be the beginner ". "I feel very good. My energy is great, I have fun out there and only play football. It's nice to be here again.
Darnold's teammates and coaches have followed this feeling.
After the offensive, which has triggered a touchdown in three games, has not been competitive in the last two games, with Darnold playing this Sunday, the jets have a tangible hope they lack against the Browns and Patriots.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said on Thursday that Darnold's return "boosts the morale of the entire team … of the coaching staff and fan base." 1
Loggains described Darnold as "accurate" and "zipped on the ball" in practice this week, adding, "We're happy where he is from a coaching point."
Off Player's View.
Le Veon Bell was so dizzy about Darnold's return to training that he posted a funny meme on Wednesday about how Darnold turned up to work.
"I'm damn lucky that he's back, as you see on my post [Twitter]," said Bell on Thursday. "I can not wait. He looks the same to me. The ball comes out clean and accurate. He looks the same.
Anyway, Darnold, from the trainer Adam Gase to those of players, has looked just like himself in the last two days.
"I think he looked normal," said Gase on Thursday. "But it will all just be about test results."
As it should be.
To make sure Darnold stays out for another week or more, you should ask yourself the following: Think Will it be safer / easier next week when the jets play the cowboys? Or the week after, when they play the Patriots again? Or a week later, when they play in Jacksonville?
You already know the answer.
Any player on any Sunday can be injured. That's in the nature of football. It is the nature of sport.
"If they tell us he can go, you can tell him not to play," Gase said with a smile. "It's not going to go well."
Darnold, of course, is looking forward to a time when the questions he answers are TD passes, not the size of his spleen.
"If you miss a couple of weeks, people will have questions," said Darnold. "I understand it, but it's definitely something – hopefully sooner rather than later – that I want to put in the rearview mirror, but I know I have to get the doctors to do their job."
And if they do, Darnold can do his.