Jets QB Sam Darnold will make his return to the field for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
When he'll be getting dressed to play, the second-year quarterback will be wearing specialized pads for extra protection for his spleen, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
"The same company that made specialized pads for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, used that same model to develop something quickly to protect Sam Darnold," Pelissero said. "With Newton, he is just a bigger bodied quarterback, so he needed a little extra protection through his mid-section. With Darnold, the concern when you've had mono is the spleen. Standard shoulder pads really don't provide that type of protection. So, Darnold, I'm told, went through multiple fittings and he's got something that he is comfortable with as he gets back on the field."
Darnold spoke to media on Thursday and talked about if he's nervous to take a hit on Sunday.
"I'm not worried about that," Darnold said. "When I'm out there playing, I'm not worried about guys hitting me or anything. I'm trusting the guys up front to do their thing, and I'm trusting the receivers to go out and get open when it's time to pass the ball. For me, it's all about trust. When I do get hit, I know I'm not in danger anymore."
In just one game this season, Darnold has completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown.