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Jets' Sam Darnold Targeting Week 5 for Return From Mono

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08:  Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Because the New York Jets are eternally cursed, quarterback Sam Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis prior to the team's Week 2 matchup on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns.

The disease couldn't strike at a worse time for the Jets, who are 0-2 and have a gauntlet of a schedule coming up: they face the Patriots, Eagles, Cowboys, and Patriots (again) in their next four games. Luckily for them, however, they have a bye in Week 4, and Darnold appeared on "The Michael Kay Show" on Tuesday for his weekly segment to suggest that he could return in time to face Philly.

The sophomore gunslinger added that his doctors are predicting the first week of October as his earliest timetable to return to the gridiron, so nothing is set in stone just yet. But if the estimation proves to be true, it would mean that New York would only be without Darnold for two games.

Given his original daunting diagnosis, Jets Nation are absolutely permitted to breathe an assembled and thorough sigh of relief.

Given their franchise's recent stroke of bad luck, however, Jets buffs will be all too wary to get hopes up. Still, this report delivered good news and there's no doubting that this fan base needs to take moral victories wherever and whenever they can.