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Report: It’s “not a lock” that Sam Darnold starts against the Eagles in Week 5 [UPDATE]

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New York might be without their starting quarterback in Philly.

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Jets Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

UPDATE: Jets head coach Adam Gase addressed reporters on Monday and it doesn’t sound like Sam Darnold is likely to play against the Eagles. New York’s starting quarterback still hasn’t been cleared for contact.

ORIGINAL STORY FROM SUNDAY BELOW.


New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been targeting a Week 5 return after missing a couple games due to mononucleosis. It’s “not a lock” that he’ll be able to play against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday, though, according to a report from NFL insider Chris Mortensen.

We’ll have to see how Darnold progresses this week. The Jets — who are off to an 0-3 start — can’t possibly risk rushing him back on the field before he’s ready. They have Darnold’s long-term health to think about.

If Darnold can’t play, it’ll be 2018 sixth-round pick Luke Falk starting at quarterback for the Jets. Falk completed 68.1% of his attempts for 296 yards (6.3 yards per attempt), zero touchdowns, one interception, and a 76.2 passer rating during a 30-14 loss to the Patriots in Week 3.

The Eagles have a nice opportunity to advance to 3-2 with a win over the Jets next weekend. There are rarely “easy wins” in the NFL but a Jets team starting Falk is hardly formidable.