New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will ‘practice fully’ for the squad on Wednesday. Here are the full details and what it all means.
The New York Jets have been hapless, hopeless, and downright terrible without their star quarterback Sam Darnold in the lineup.
But finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Adam Gase spoke to the media on Wednesday morning and shared some positive news on Darnold’s status for Sunday’s Week 5 road trip vs the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sam will practice fully for the green and white on Wednesday, although he hasn’t been cleared for contact.
But the optimism is very high with this situation because Sam Darnold has all the way until Sunday to be cleared.
Per Connor Hughes of The Athletic, Gase said, “I like our odds better than what they’ve been regarding Sam Darnold.”
Even though it’s already so late in the week and gameday is on Sunday, Gase doesn’t believe that Darnold would be ‘rushed back’ if he’s cleared between now and then.
Ultimately who will have a big say whether Darnold returns in Week 5? General manager Joe Douglas.
Adam said that he’s ready for Darnold to return (when healthy) and obviously Sam is itching to play, but sometimes their options can be skewed some because of the circumstances.
Joe Douglas is removed enough to give an unbiased opinion on whether Sam can or can’t play.
This is an extremely fine line for the New York Jets to balance. The status of the spleen is the ultimate question, if it’s swollen and he gets hit, it could be in a worst-case scenario fatal. But if the spleen is back to normal there’s no reason to believe that he can’t go from couch to starting lineup for the green and white.