New York Jets head coach announced Thursday that quarterback Sam Darnold will not start Monday due to illness.
Darnold is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks, as it is reported he has mononucleosis. It was originally reported as strep throat, until tests came back Wednesday. According to the Cleveland Clinic, mono symptoms typically last anywhere from one to four weeks if being treated properly.
Gase said in the press conference that the Jets are looking at a Week 5 return date for last year’s first round draft selection. Until then, former Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will take over starting duties.
In last week’s 17-16 loss against the division rival Buffalo Bills, Darnold threw for 175 yards for one touchdown and no interceptions. Similarly, during Siemian’s last full game for the Broncos, he threw for 200 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the Jets in December 2017.
Gase and Darnold are currently 0-1 on the season, and play a pivotal Monday Night Football matchup in Week 2. Cleveland, coming off an embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans will be hungry for a win also. The Browns may see it as an early must-win game.
Siemian will have his work cut out for him at 8:20 pm ET on Monday.
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