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Jets QB Sam Darnold to Miss Monday Night's Game vs Browns Due to Mono

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08:  Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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After the Jets were embarrassed by a second-half comeback from the Buffalo Bills, they were looking to right the ship in Week 2.

Well, the team seems a lot less likely to do that following some disappointing news. According to head coach Adam Gase, second-year quarterback Sam Darnold will not play Monday night against Cleveland due to mononucleosis.

That's a big surprise, and one that will certainly hurt the team. With Darnold out for Week 2 and possibly even longer, Gang Green will turn the ball over to backup Trevor Siemian.

That's not a reality that inspires tons of confidence.

Not only was this an unexpected turn for the team and the fan base, but it was a big blow to Darnold himself, who had no idea he was even dealing with the illness at all. And when Gase revealed the news to his quarterback, Darnold reportedly did not handle it well.

It's hard to blame him, after all. Darnold didn't pick up an injury while on the field, so he was fully expecting to lead his team against the Browns on Monday. The news must have been crushing for a young quarterback who was determined to bounce back after a shaky opening week against a division rival.

If Darnold misses multiple weeks, the Jets will be deploying Siemian, backed up by Luke Falk, during an extremely rough stretch. They'll face the Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles next, then the Patriots yet again.