Jets HC Adam Gase said earlier this week Darnold would start if the doctors cleared him for contact as he recovers from mono.
Tests Tuesday morning revealed the swelling in Darnold’s spleen had gone down enough that he wouldn’t be at risk to play. Darnold was tested this past Friday and was not cleared for the Jets loss to the Eagles Sunday, making it the third game he missed following his diagnosis.
Darnold, 22, was taken with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Jets. He agreed to a four-year, $30,370,490 contract with the Jets that includes a $20,167,628 signing bonus.
The contract will also include a fifth-year option for the Jets to pick up in 2021.
In 2018, Darnold appeared in 13 games for the Jets and completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 2.865 yards to go along with 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown.
In his lone 2019 appearance earlier this season, Darnold completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.