New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold could return for Week 5 football, as he continues to work on his fitness following a bout of mononucleosis.
Darnold trained on Wednesday ahead of the showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, wearing a red non-contact jersey.
However, Darnold must await results on an ultrasound of his spleen and blood tests, and despite telling the Jets official website that he feels ready and able, the decision will ultimately be in the hands of the medics.
Nobody wants Sam back in the lineup more than himself. pic.twitter.com/lQ0FwECD17
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 3, 2019
Darnold’s return would be a welcome return if he is given the all clear, as the Jets look to improve on a disappointing 0-3 beginning to the season.
But despite feeling up to the task, Darnold ultimately won’t have the final say, but that call should be made on Friday.
Having to sit out the early season defeats, his time on the sideline has given Darnold some perspective.
““For me, sitting back and watching the team play and not having anything to do with the win or the loss, it’s not a good feeling for me.
“So, if there’s one thing I’ve realized throughout this time sitting down is that it’s a privilege to play this game.
“I’m just excited to get back out there whenever it is. For me, it’s sooner rather than later is my mindset, but I know that I’ve got to let the doctors do their job.”