FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A brand new trainer, a marquee operating again and a second-year quarterback introduced renewed hope to the Jets this season. However one week in, that optimism has briefly reduced.
Sam Darnold has mononucleosis and won’t play on Monday night time in opposition to the Cleveland Browns (Zero-1), Trainer Adam Gase introduced Thursday. There’s no timetable for his go back.
Darnold had gained a prognosis of strep throat Tuesday night time, however additional exams printed he had mono. Trevor Siemian, who signed a one-year care for the Jets in March, will get started in his position Monday night time.
“Anytime you lose your quarterback, it’s a large deal,” mentioned Dowell Loggains, the staff’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks trainer. “This is a subsequent guy up mentality. Trevor has been right here the entire low season. We’re enthusiastic about him.”
Siemian, 27, has now not performed in an N.F.L. common season recreation since Dec. 14, 2017. He’s 13-11 with 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in his 24 occupation begins, all with the Denver Broncos.
“I’ve been there and accomplished it somewhat bit,” Siemian mentioned. “It’s been some time. So, like I mentioned, I’m chomping on the bit to compete and get in the market with the fellows. I think at ease.”
Monday’s matchup is the beginning of a difficult stretch within the time table for the Jets. After Cleveland, the Jets will trip to Foxborough, Mass., to stand the Patriots in Week three, adopted by means of a bye week. They’ll then play on the Philadelphia Eagles earlier than returning for house video games in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys and Patriots.
An early rash of accidents has handiest made issues harder. Le’Veon Bell, the megastar operating again signed by means of the Jets this low season, didn’t follow Thursday on account of a sore shoulder, however he later introduced by means of Twitter magnetic resonance imaging examination had proven that the shoulder was once fantastic. Demaryius Thomas, bought on Monday in a business with the Patriots, is coping with a hamstring harm and won’t follow till Saturday. Linebacker C.J. Mosley, the chief of the protection, left Sunday’s recreation with a groin harm, and the rookie defensive finish Quinnen Williams, who was once drafted 3rd over all, left with an ankle harm. Neither participant has practiced this week.
“It’s numerous adversity early on, however it’s going to make us nearer as a gaggle, as a workforce, as a company,” protection Jamal Adams mentioned. “There’s no higher method to do it than on Monday night time.”
Gase and the Jets had was hoping to rebound from per week 1 loss to the Expenses wherein they gave up a 16-Zero second-half lead at house. After the sport, Gase was once easy about his sadness with the way in which his large receivers performed.
“We have been pissed off,” Gase mentioned all over a convention name Monday. “We misplaced a recreation. We watched the movie, errors have been made, there have been some issues that I want I’d have accomplished other; I voiced that section to these guys.”
The receiving corps has additionally been hit by means of accidents. Quincy Enunwa is out for the season with a neck harm. They’re additionally with out tight finish Chris Herndon, who has been suspended for 4 video games for violating the league’s substance abuse coverage. The Jets hope that Thomas, a five-time Professional Bowler, may give a boost when he’s wholesome sufficient to play.
Darnold, Gase mentioned, was once now not unwell all over Sunday’s recreation. The trainer despatched Darnold house earlier than Wednesday’s follow began as a result of, Gase mentioned, Darnold didn’t glance just right. Gase and individuals of the Jets’ coaching workforce went to Darnold’s area Wednesday night time to inform him the scoop.
“He moved previous the dangerous information and went into ‘All proper, how am I going to get myself able?’” Gase mentioned.
Siemian performed with the first-team offense at Thursday’s follow. He has a calmness about him, Gase mentioned, and he does now not panic in a good scenario. Gase mentioned Siemian was once the “easiest man” to again up Darnold.
“We signed Trevor particularly on account of his 24 begins over his occupation and a profitable file,” Gase mentioned. “He has numerous enjoy, he’s been in numerous ball golf equipment. He has the honor of the locker room.”
Gase mentioned he informed the remainder of the staff about Darnold at a gathering Thursday morning. Darnold’s locker remained untouched after follow, his jersey hung well subsequent to the remainder of his property, the way in which it’s going to stay for the forseeable long run.