Jets Signal Caller Darnold Out With Mono

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September 12, 2019 - 11:40 am

Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Sam Darnold is sick and sidelined, likely for
several weeks.
 
New York Jets coach Adam Gase announced Thursday the second-year quarterback
has mononucleosis and will miss at least the team's game against the Cleveland
Browns on Monday night.

Trevor Siemian will start in Darnold's place, and could be the starter moving
forward until Darnold recovers. The Jets have a game at New England in Week 3
before they have a bye-week break, and then games at Philadelphia, at home
against Dallas and New England before a road game at Jacksonville on Oct. 27 to
cap a rough opening stretch.
 
When a reporter pointed out that mono usually take several weeks from which to
heal, Gase nodded.
 
``Oh, I'm aware,'' Gase said. ``Good thing we've got the early bye week.''
 
Darnold was sent home by the team Wednesday with what Gase said was ``strep
throat or something.'' Team doctors later told Gase that antibiotics weren't
working as quickly as expected, leading to the diagnosis.
 
``He's going through some of these tests to kind of see where he's at with all
this,'' Gase said. ``I know he's out this week. Then, past that, I'll have more
information as we go.''
 
Gase said he, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and athletic trainer Dave
Zuffelato went to Darnold's home to deliver the news to the quarterback and he
took it ``not well,'' according to the coach.
 
``He wasn't real happy about it,'' Gase said. ``All three of us went over there
and he knew something was up when Dowell and myself showed up. I just wanted to
make sure it was delivered right, and I figured I could be the bearer of bad
news on this one.''
 
The coach says Darnold's biggest concern is weight loss. Gase adds Darnold has
already lost about 5 pounds.
 
``That was something that was alarming to him, that he lost weight already in
the last couple of days,'' Gase said. ``He can't be in the building right now,
so he's like, `I need to get meals over here, I need to make sure that I'm
getting enough of what I need to keep my weight.' I mean, he went right into,
all right, how do I maintain?''  
 
Gase said Luke Falk will be promoted from the practice squad to serve as
Siemian's backup. The Jets could also look to sign an experienced quarterback
for depth.

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