New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has mononucleosis and will not play on Monday night against the Cleveland Browns, coach Adam Gase said Thursday.
Gase said that Darnold will miss multiple games, and will will likely miss the team’s game against the New England Patriots in Week 3.
Trevor Siemian will start for the Jets on Monday, and Luke Falk will be called up from the practice squad and be the Jets backup quarterback until Darnold’s return.
According to Manish Mehta, Gase, OC Dowell Loggains and a Jets trainer delivered the news to Darnold in person that he has mononucleosis. Gase added that Darnold has lost some weight, about 5 pounds.
Realistically (according to Mehta), Darnold will be back at the earliest in Week 5 against the Eagles after the NYJ Week 4 bye.
Bell to undergo MRI on shoulder
Running back Le’Veon Bell will get a MRI Thursday for his sore shoulder, but Gase seemed optimistic about it.
“This could be just soreness,” Gase said. “We don’t think it’s anything worse than that. But we’re probably being a little extra cautious.”
News on Thomas, Mosley, and Williams
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is dealing with a hamstring issue, and won’t practice until at least Saturday. The Jets acquired Thomas from New England for a 2021 6th-round pick on Wednesday.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive end Quinnen Williams will not practice Thursday, along with Bell and Thomas, Gase said.