After squandering a golden opportunity to secure a season-opening win, the New York Jets quite literally are limping into Week 2.
Jets coach Adam Gase revealed Thursday that a case of mono will prevent Sam Darnold from playing in New York’s “Monday Night Football” clash with the Cleveland Browns. It might not be just a one-week matter for the second-year quarterback, either, as he reportedly is in jeopardy of missing his team’s Week 3 showdown with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Darnold’s illness is just a small part of their current list of issues.
Gase noted running back Le’Veon Bell, who played every offensive snap in his New York debut, is dealing with a shoulder ailment and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. Also missing the Jets’ Thursday practice, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, were 2019 No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams (ankle) and linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin), who returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and registered four tackles in Week 1. Not to mention, the Jets already have lost two starters in wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and linebacker Avery Williamson to season-ending injuries.
The Jets’ slew of injuries coincides with an unforgiving early season schedule. Following their matchups with the Browns and Patriots, New York will travel to Philadelphia and then host Dallas and New England, respectively. There was quite a bit of optimism surrounding Gang Green heading into the season, but it’s evaporating in a hurry.