EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold will not play in Monday nights game against the Browns, according to Jets head coach Adam Gase.
Darnold was diagnosed with mono and will miss Monday’s game, Gase said in a press conference Thursday morning.
Coach Gase announces QB Sam Darnold will miss Monday night's game with mono. https://t.co/R5KBJtTiVA— #TakeFlight (@nyjets) September 12, 2019
The Browns take on the Jets in their first prime time game of the season in New York Monday night and will have the advantage of taking on their backup quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Siemian, who played for the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings before signing a one-year deal with the Jets in March, saw no playing time in Minnesota and suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the 2017 season with the Broncos that placed him on injured reserve.
In addition to the loss of Darnold, the Jets are facing a possible injury in their new star running back Le’Veon Bell.
Bell will not practice Thursday as he is being evaluated for shoulder soreness and undergoing an MRI, according to Nick Cimini of ESPN.
Gase is hopeful he will play Monday, but it’s uncertain at this time, according to Cimini.
More bad news: Le’Veon Bell won’t practice today. Being evaluated for shoulder soreness. He’s getting an MRI. Gase still hopes he can play. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 12, 2019
The Browns are coming off a devastating loss to the Titans in their Week 1 home opener.
Penalties riddled the team who is focused on learning from those mistakes and coming together to get the win on Monday.
With the Jets starting quarterback out and the possibility of their star running back out—or limited—as well, the Browns have a bit of an advantage despite being on the road.
And the last time the Browns took on the Jets? Well, that was Sept. 21, 2018, when Baker Mayfield made his debut and the Browns snapped their 19-game winless streak.