His return comes at a desperate time for New York, which is 0-4 and has been hapless on offense in his absence. Gang Green ranks last in the league in total offense (179.5 yards per game) and 31st in scoring (9.8 points). Vyncint Smith's 19-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to the Eagles was the offense's first touchdown in three games without Darnold.
The second-year QB took the majority of practice reps coming out of New York's Week 4 bye in hopes of playing at Philly but wasn't cleared after tests showed his spleen remained enlarged. Luke Falk got a second start in Darnold's place -- Trevor Siemian started Week 2 against the Browns and suffered a season-ending ankle injury -- and turned the ball over three times in a 31-6 blowout.