You knew it was going to be a wild season when it was announced in Week 2 that quarterback Sam Darnold had been diagnosed with mononucleosis, the first known case for an NFL quarterback since Chris Chandler in 1995. It sidelined Darnold for three games — all losses.
“The sickness at the beginning of the year, that just sucked,” Darnold said Monday. “I really couldn’t do anything about that.”
Since then, Darnold has battled toe, thumb, knee and rib injuries, none of which have kept him out of the lineup. He’s one of 12 players (projected starters from the preseason) who has missed at least three games.