Darnold out with mono; Bell looks OK
Sam Darnold is sick and sidelined — likely for several weeks.
Jets coach Adam Gase announced Thursday the second-year quarterback has mononucleosis and will miss at least the team’s game against the 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 road game against the Patriots in Week 3 before they have the week off, and then face the Eagles in Philadelphia, host the Cowboys and New England before a road game against the Jaguars 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.
“I’m aware,” Gase said. “Good thing we’ve got the early bye.”
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,” Gase said. “I know he’s out this week. Then, past that, I’ll have more information as we go.”
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 QB for depth.
But, for now — and probably the next handful of games — it will be Siemian leading the Jets offense.
Siemian, 27, was signed as a free agent in the offseason after spending last season with the Vikings.
Nearly 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.
Bell was solid in his Jets debut last weekend, his first game in nearly 20 months after sitting out in a contract dispute with the Steelers. ESPN reported that an MRI revealed no damage to Bell’s shoulder, and he’s likely to play against the Browns.
Beckham makes charge: New Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. accused Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of getting him injured in a preseason game two years ago when Williams was the interim head coach for the Browns and Beckham was with the Giants.
Beckham said he’s been told by current Browns players that Williams instructed them to “take me out of the game.”
During the 2017 exhibition game, Beckham jumped to catch a pass and was hit low by former Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun as he came down.
Beckham managed to avoid hurting his knee but severely sprained his ankle. He claims it has led to other leg injuries. But Beckham believes Boddy-Calhoun acted on Williams’ instructions.
“It’s like a known rule, in preseason nobody in the NFL’s really out to do stuff like that,” Beckham said. “So you just know who he is. That’s the man calling the plays.”
Beckham’s accusations have shed new light on Williams, 61, who was suspended by the league in 2012 for his role in the infamous “Bountygate” scandal in which the Saints were found to have operated a bounty system where players were paid bonuses for hard hits and deliberately injuring players.
Guice out 6-8 weeks: Redskins running back Derrius Guice underwent knee surgery to repair his right meniscus and will miss six to eight weeks, ESPN reported.
Adrian Peterson will start Sunday against the Cowboys after being a healthy inactive in Week 1.
Bills rookie gets ban: The league suspended Bills rookie linebacker Tyrel Dodson six games as a result of an alleged altercation with his girlfriend at her Arizona home.
Dodson was suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, a day after reaching an agreement with prosecutors to defer a domestic violence charge of disorderly conduct-disruptive behavior-fighting.
Dodson agreed to enter a diversion program and must also meet other conditions to have the charge cleared. He’s scheduled to have a restitution hearing in November and has a sentencing hearing set for Sept. 14, 2020.
Separate charges of assault and property damage were dropped as part of the agreement.