Darnold out with mono; Bell looks OK

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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.

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