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Sam Darnold cleared to return to lineup, will start for Jets against Cowboys

New York Jets v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Jets got the news they have been waiting to hear on Tuesday. Quarterback Sam Darnold has been fully cleared to return to the field. He will start for the team Week 6 against the Cowboys.

Darnold has missed the last three games with mono. All three were Jets losses where the team was uncompetitive and historically inept on offense.

There is not much doubt that Darnold will help the offense. His replacements, Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk, struggled mightily in his place. Darnold’s ability to extend plays should also prove handy with an offensive line that hasn’t been able to effectively block opponents. Siemian and Falk were not able to do much once their protection broke down.

Quarterback was far from the only issue the Jets have had. Darnold’s return might come too late to save the season, but it at least adds some excitement for Sunday’s game.

As Dan Jeremiah notes, the pressure should be off.