New York Jets star quarterback Sam Darnold will make his second start of the season when his team hosts the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
According to ESPN's Rich Cimini: “Sam Darnold was cleared by doctors and will start Sunday, the Jets announced. #Jets”
Sam Darnold was recovering from a bout with mononucleosis and while he practiced last Wednesday, he didn't play against the Eagles last Sunday.
Mono, short for mononucleosis, is an infectious illness. Per WebMD, mono is contagious but not a serious illness in most cases.
“Mononucleosis is an infectious illness that's sometimes called mono or “the kissing disease.” While you can get the virus that causes it through kissing, you can also get it in other ways like sharing drinks or utensils. It's contagious, but you're less likely to catch mono than other illnesses like the common cold.
Mono isn't usually a serious illness, but it can lead to complications that in some cases make the disease more dangerous.”
The signal-caller missed the Monday Night Football game against the Browns on September 16 and the September 22 game against the Patriots but he got first-team reps in last week's practices and several players said that he looked good.
Darnold completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown in the disappointing 17-16 home loss against the Bills in the season opener and he is expected make significant improvements to his game this season.
The New York Jets signed Trevor Siemian to a one-year deal in March and was going to be Darnold's backup but he suffered an ankle injury against the Browns and will miss the rest of the season, which forced them to give third-stringer Luke Falk a chance to start.
Falk has played nearly three full games and has completed 47 of 73 passes for 416 yards and three interceptions. He completed just 15 of 26 passes for 120 yards and two interceptions on Sunday's 31-6 beatdown against the Eagles.
The Jets are now 0-4 and hosting the Cowboys won't be easy, they're coming off back-to-back losses and it will be a must-win game for them, so even with Darnold under center, it will be hard to get their first victory. Online sportsbooks agree, with Pinnacle favoring the Cowboys by 8.5 points. The total for the game is set at 43.5.
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