Jets QB Sam Darnold cleared to play, will start Week 6 against Cowboys

New York Jets fans finally have a reason to look forward to this week’s game. The team announced on Tuesday that quarterback Sam Darnold has been cleared to play and will start Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Darnold played in Week 1, but has been out of commission ever since due to a mono diagnosis. He missed three games over four weeks, including the Jets’ Week 4 bye.

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Darnold held out hope that he would play in Week 5 and wasn’t ruled out until Friday of that week. Head coach Adam Gase had Darnold take all of the first-team reps during the week, despite the large possibility that Darnold would be ruled out and and backup QB Luke Falk would need to start against the Philadelphia Eagles. Falk did start, and the Eagles sacked him 10 times.

In Darnold’s only start of the season, he completed 68.3 percent of his passes, and threw for 175 yards and one touchdown. With the 0-4 Jets facing the Cowboys at home, Darnold will get a warm welcome from the MetLife Stadium crowd, which is desperate to see its QB come back and right the ship.

Sam Darnold has been cleared to play after missing several weeks with mono. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
Sam Darnold has been cleared to play after missing several weeks with mono. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

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