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September 13, 2019
The New York Jets are looking to bounce back from a disappointing Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but they will have to do it without Sam Darnold.
Jets head coach Adam Gase made the surprising announcement on Thursday that Darnold has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, and he has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
The second-year quarterback will be “quarantined” in his apartment until it’s deemed safe for him to be around his teammates. Darnold has already lost five pounds.
Just hours after losing starting quarterback Sam Darnold indefinitely due to mononucleosis, the New York Jets can now at least breathe a sigh of relief following MRI results on running back Le’Veon Bell’s shoulder.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, test results indicated there is no major damage or tears in Bell’s shoulder.
Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the remainder of the season with a neck injury, Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets. Sadly, given Enunwa’s previous neck injury, this could be a career-ender for the 27-year-old.
This is the second time in three seasons that Enunwa’s season ended prematurely due to a neck injury. In 2017, it cost him the entire campaign.
Enunwa suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Jets’ season-opening loss to the Bills. Somehow, he managed to return to action later on, but was targeted just three times in total.
The Jets are set to sign kicker Sam Ficken, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Ficken will replace Kaare Vedvik, who missed a field goal and an extra point in the team’s 17-16 loss to the Bills on Sunday.
Ficken served as Greg Zuerlein‘s injury replacement, but the Rams cut him prior to Zuerlein recovering. Ficken’s brief trial period ended after he missed two of three field goal tries between Weeks 3 and 4 last season. This offseason, he had stints with the Seahawks and Packers, but wound up back on the free agency pile when he missed the cut in Green Bay.