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New York Jets QB Sam Darnold opens up about playing amid COVID-19 pandemic

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New York Jets star quarterback Sam Darnold has chimed in with his thoughts about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic later this year.

Sam Darnold ‘not going to be worried’ about COVID-19

Darnold opened up about playing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic during an appearance with “The Michael Kay Show.”

Per Rich Cimini of ESPN, Darnold said he trusts the authorities to “do their due diligence and make sure we’re safe coming back.”

“As long as we’re allowed to be in the facility and be practicing and be playing games, I’m not going to be worried about it.” Darnold, said.

Darnold, 22, is a young, single guy. He may have a different perspective than older players who have families of their own. We already know that at least one NFL veteran thinks it’s not practical to play games until it’s “100% safe.”

That being said, it wouldn’t be a surprise if many other NFL players felt the same as Darnold about playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At this point, the NFL is planning on a full season to start on time. However, there are contingency plans being considered, including a delayed start.