FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) makes a pass during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in East Rutherford, N.J. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was uncertain to return this week as he continued to recover from mononucleosis, which sidelined him the past two games. Jets coach Adam Gase said the team could potentially wait until Sunday to decide if Darnold or practice squad QB-turned-starter Luke Falk will be under center against the Eagles. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

Jets’ Darnold focused on making sure 'I'm not going to die'

October 03, 2019 - 1:25 pm

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is eager to play in a game again, but the New York Jets quarterback is focused on his health and safety before returning to the field.

Darnold has not played since the season opener because of mononucleosis and has been dealing with an enlarged spleen, a common symptom of the illness. The quarterback will have an ultrasound on the spleen Friday and have blood tests _ all which could determine whether he'll play Sunday at Philadelphia.

If the swelling has subsided, Darnold could be cleared to play. The 22-year-old quarterback says he has been practicing as if he will play. But Darnold wants to be safe and make sure "I'm not going to die" if he does take the field.

He adds that he has customized padding that he'll wear when he can play to protect his spleen area.

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