New York Jets head coach Adam Gase announced on Thursday that quarterback Sam Darnold has been diagnosed with mono, and therefore won’t play in the Jets’ Monday Night Football game against the Cleveland Browns.
This is a significant blow to the Jets, and you can tell just how Gase feels about it from his attitude and posture when he announced it.
It’s hard to blame Gase for looking and sounding like he wants to shove both his hands in a paper shredder. The mono diagnosis was wholly unexpected, even though Darnold missed Wednesday’s practice due to illness. It was expected that Darnold would be fine going forward.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets walks off the field during the game against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets runs in the pocket during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) tries to avoid a sack from Houston Texans nose tackle Brandon Dunn during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks down the tunnel to warm up before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) model the NFL football team's new "Gotham green" uniforms Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs a drill at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) after the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills on September 8, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)