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New York Jets decide to play it safe with Sam Darnold in Week 5

New York Jets (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have decided to play it safe with quarterback Sam Darnold. Here are all the details and what that means for this weekend.

The New York Jets have decided to wait at least another week with their quarterback Sam Darnold.

On Friday morning the news leaked that Darnold had been ruled out due to mono for the Week 5 road trip vs the Philadelphia Eagles.

This means Luke Falk will get his second career start and the team has re-signed David Fales to be the No. 2 quarterback vs the Eagles, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

This is still somewhat surprising considering Darnold received the majority of the first-team reps this weekend. But apparently Sam took his tests last night (which included blood and sonogram tests to give his spleen another look) and was not cleared by doctors.

His spleen was still enlarged and with that being the case, there was still a chance of a splenic rupture which could be very serious and even fatal in some circumstances.

The team did seem fully convinced from how he looked and how he’s responded to treatment that he would be ready for this game, but he will not be available.

Coach Gase speaks to the media before Friday's practice of Eagles week. https://t.co/5JZdB6xJ2t

— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 4, 2019

Now the Jets will go back to Luke Falk who has played a game and a half for the Jets so far this season.

Falk went 12-of-22 for 98 yards and he threw one interception. The offense looked anemic and stale.

While the No. 2 quarterback will be Fales who knows the offense and is familiar with Adam Gase, but it’s obviously not an ideal scenario.

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After this road trip to Philly in Week 5, the Jets will return home to play the Dallas Cowboys at home. Darnold will continue to rehab and improve his conditioning in hopes he can return in Week 6.

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