Sam Darnold has mono and will not play against the Browns on Monday Night Football Jets head coach Adam Gase announced on Thursday. It is unexpected news as there was no public sign from Darnold of the sickness in Week 1. Jets running back Le’Veon Bell is also in doubt as he is battling a shoulder injury and will undergo an MRI.
Gase noted that Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback for the Jets, while Luke Falk will be the backup. Gase did not lay out a timeline for Darnold’s return. The Jets coach admitted he had some thought that Darnold could be battling mono once he heard the details of his sickness.
“It’s mono, isn’t it? They told me they were running all these tests and they thought it was weird that the antibiotics weren’t working as quick as they thought,” Gase noted in the press conference.
Here is a look at Gase speaking about Darnold’s diagnoses.
Darnold’s Return Timeline: Jets QB Could Miss Several Weeks
The Jets have not announced how may games Darnold will miss, but Gase admitted that the quarterback could be out for an extended time period. Rotoworld detailed that the Jets quarterback could miss “several weeks.”
Gase added that Darnold could miss several weeks. The Jets will move forward with Trevor Siemian under center. It’s far from an ideal offensive situation, particularly with Le’Veon Bell (sore shoulder) also banged up. Robby Anderson figures to be the biggest loser from Darnold’s absence, as Siemian has made a habit of checking down throughout his career.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Week 5 could be a possible return date for Darnold.
“The #Jets have a bye in Week 4, which now seems fortunate. Coach Adam Gase indicated QB Sam Darnold could miss multiple weeks, leaving Week 5 against the #Eagles as a possible return date,” Rapoport tweeted.
What Is Mono?
Mono is short for mononucleosis which is an infectious illness. As WebMD detailed, mono is contagious but not a serious illness in most cases.
Mononucleosis is an infectious illness that’s sometimes called mono or “the kissing disease.” While you can get the virus that causes it through kissing, you can also get it in other ways like sharing drinks or utensils. It’s contagious, but you’re less likely to catch mono than other illnesses like the common cold.
Mono isn’t usually a serious illness, but it can lead to complications that in some cases make the disease more dangerous.
The Jets Already Have a Mounting List of Injuries
It is only Week 2 but the Jets already have a mounting list of injuries. ESPN’s Field Yates detailed all the Jets players who are battling injuries.
QB Sam Darnold: Mono, out for Week 2, possibly multiple weeks
RB Le’Veon Bell: Out of practice today, getting an MRI on shoulder
DL Quinnen Williams: Not practicing today (ankle)
LB CJ Mosley: Left Week 1 (groin), no practice today
WR Quincy Enunwa: On IR