The New York Jets announced today that starting quarterback Sam Darnold will not play in Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns and will be out indefinitely due to mono.
The announcement comes just one day after the Jets lost starting wide receiver Quincy Enunwa for the season with a neck injury.
The news is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, especially after week one’s gut-wrenching loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Darnold, who is in his sophomore season, threw for 175 yards and one touchdown in the lackluster season opener.
Per Jets head coach Adam Gase, Darnold expressed concern over his weight, having lost five pounds ー a symptom of mono.
“Good thing we have an early bye week,” Gase said while addressing the media.
The Jets’ bye week falls on week four after facing the New England Patriots. New York will then resume the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles before playing the Dallas Cowboys then meeting the Patriots again.
Replacing Darnold will be 27 year old Trevor Siemian, who has not played a game in the NFL since 2017 with the Broncos. Siemian spent three years in Denver before the Minnesota Vikings traded for him in 2018. Serving as backup to Kirk Cousins, Siemian did not see any playing time last season.
As a starter Siemian is 13-11 and in his career has thrown for nearly 6,000 yards with 30 touchdowns.
But the quarterback will be faced with a lot of pressure going into Monday night, which many are already saying is a “make or break” game for the Jets.
The one bit of good news to come out of Thursday was that despite Le’Veon Bell having an MRI on his shoulder, no major tears were revealed.
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