The New York Jets' season might already be in shambles with Sam Darnold contracting mononucleosis and the team blowing a 16-0 second-half lead against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, but they at least managed to get some good news on Thursday.
In fact, Darnold is sidelined indefinitely after catching the disease at some point recently. Gase said he learned of the former USC quarterback's diagnosis late Wednesday night and went to the player's home to deliver the news in person. Gase adds Darnold has already lost about 5 pounds. "That's pretty much all we gotta watch out for".
Recovery time for mono can range anywhere between 2-to-4 weeks.
Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets Predictions, Picks, and Odds for their showdown on Monday, September 16, from MetLife Stadium. Until he returns, veteran Trevor Siemian will be under center in Jersey.
"Right away, he went into, 'Hey, I have to be sure I'm getting meals here, ' because he can't be in the building right now". Siemian has experience as a starter, compiling a 13-11 record in two seasons as a starter for the Denver Broncos. If you can hurt him, I guarantee he's going to leave the game hurt, ' and stuff like that.
He caught 14 passes last week, so I don't think his stock could get any higher.
Almost overshadowed in the stunning news about the quarterback was Gase announcing that running back Le'Veon Bell would be among the players sitting out of practice because of a sore shoulder. Defensive stars C.J. Mosley (groin) and Quinnen Williams (ankle) both missed practice on Thursday and could be in doubt for Monday. Gase said. "Or, is it, this is a challenge we're going to embrace?"