N.Y.’s Darnold ea­ger to play

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Sam Darnold stepped to the podium as the New York Jets' start­ing quar­ter­back again, his once-swollen spleen no longer keep­ing him from play­ing in a game.

Nearly a month of med­i­cal tests, tough ques­tions, ma­jor con­cerns and big-time frus­tra­tion is over.

And so is Darnold's time on the side­line.

“The spleen is good, fi­nally,” a smil­ing Darnold said Thurs­day. ”I fi­nally get to wear a white jer­sey out there and be part of the team. It's been good to be back of­fi­cially and get some prac­tices un­der my belt.”

Darnold will start Sun­day at home against Dal­las, his first game since the sea­son opener. A bout with mononu­cle­o­sis side­lined him for three games af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed on Sept. 11. He was cleared by doc­tors Mon­day to play in a game, and Darnold has no con­cerns about get­ting back out on the field — with Cow­boys de­fend­ers look­ing to make for a rough re­turn.

Ka­mara could sit: Saints RB Alvin Ka­mara is ques­tion­able for Sun­day's game against the Jaguars be­cause of an an­kle in­jury that limited his prac­tice time on Thurs­day and kept him side­lined on Fri­day.

Ka­mara, 24, has 583 yards and two touch­downs from scrim­mage for the Saints. He's rushed 75 times for 342 yards and one TD.

Ram­sey ques­tion­able: The Jaguars have listed CB Jalen Ram­sey as ques­tion­able to play Sun­day against the Saints.

Coach Doug Mar­rone made the des­ig­na­tion on Fri­day, one day af­ter owner Shad Khan said he ex­pects the dis­grun­tled de­fender to re­turn af­ter a twoweek ab­sence be­cause of an ap­par­ent back in­jury.

Ram­sey, 24, has re­quested to be traded.

Keenum starts again: Red­skins in­terim coach Bill Cal­la­han tapped Case Keenum to start at QB on Sun­day against the Dol­phins in a matchup of win­less clubs.

Keenum, 31, was given the nod over Colt McCoy, who started last Sun­day's 33-7 loss to the Pa­tri­ots.

In four games this sea­son, Keenum has thrown for 970 yards with seven TDs and 4 INTs.

Rookie Dwayne Hask­ins will back up Keenum.

Ex­tra points: Ravens S Earl Thomas told ESPN he was fined $21,000 for a hit that left Steel­ers QB Ma­son Ru­dolph un­con­scious. Thomas plans to ap­peal. … Bron­cos FB Andy Janovich signed a three-year ex­ten­sion worth $5.7 mil­lion.

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