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Jets face daunting task with starting QB out sick

The Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold is sick and sidelined — likely for several weeks.

New York Jets coach Adam Gase announced Thursday the second-year quarterback has mononucleosis and will miss at least the team’s game against the Cleveland 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 game at New England in Week 3 before they have a bye-week break, and then games at Philadelphia, at home against Dallas and New England before a road game at Jacksonville 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.

“Oh, I’m aware,” Gase said. “Good thing we’ve got the early bye week.”

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 to kind of see where he’s at with all this,” Gase said. “I know he’s out this week. Then, past that, I’ll have more information as we go.”

Gase said he, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and athletic trainer Dave Zuffelato went to Darnold’s home to deliver the news to the quarterback and he took it “not well,” according to the coach.

“He wasn’t real happy about it,” Gase said. “All three of us went over there and he knew something was up when Dowell and myself showed up. I just wanted to make sure it was delivered right, and I figured I could be the bearer of bad news on this one.”

The coach says Darnold’s biggest concern is weight loss. Gase adds Darnold has already lost about 5 pounds.

“That was something that was alarming to him, that he lost weight already in the last couple of days,” Gase said. “He can’t be in the building right now, so he’s like, ‘I need to get meals over here, I need to make sure that I’m getting enough of what I need to keep my weight.’ I mean, he went right into, all right, how do I maintain?”

Gase said Luke Falk will be promoted from the practice squad to serve as Siemian’s backup.

Redskins RB injured

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice had right knee surgery that coach Jay Gruden called a “minor procedure.”

Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed the operation Thursday that has been reported to fix a torn meniscus and sideline the 2018 second-round pick for an extended period of time. Gruden said he isn’t sure how long Guice might be out and no decision has been made on whether to place him on injured reserve.

Guice was injured Sunday in a season-opening loss at Philadelphia when he rushed for just 18 yards on 10 carries and underwent an MRI the morning after.

“Don’t feel bad for me!!” Guice tweeted . “This what I signed up! It wear and tears on your body over time! I’ve been doing this 15 years!! Trust the process.. head up chin up and grind.”

With Guice out, veteran Adrian Peterson is expected to start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after being inactive in Week 1. Peterson noticed when Guice tweaked the knee early against the Eagles, but didn’t realize the extent of the injury until much later.

OBJ will wear watch

BEREA, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. said he’s done talking about his controversial watch. That’s all, though.

“If I want to wear it, I’ll wear it,” he said.

Beckham said Thursday that he intends to keep sporting the $200,000 Richard Mille watch that the star receiver had on during his debut for the Browns on Sunday.

The three-time Pro Bowler’s fashion accessory came under scrutiny from the NFL, which has a policy against wearing “hard objects” on the field. Beckham contends his time piece should be permissible since it’s plastic, and the only reason the watch is an issue is because he’s wearing it.

Beckham feels he’s being picked on because of who he is.

“If I wear pink laces and it’s not breast cancer month, it would probably be talked about,” he said. “With me I know what it is, people just need something to talk about.”

Bills motivation

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur’s lukewarm assessment of Bills quarterback Josh Allen has become bulletin board — or rather TV screen — material in Buffalo.

Broadcast on TVs throughout the Bills facility, including the locker room, on Thursday was a tweet highlighting Shurmur’s response to a question of how he regarded Allen entering the 2018 draft. Shurmur said he thought Allen “had a chance to be a starter,” and then repeated his answer when asked a second time as the Giants (0-1) prepare to host Buffalo (1-0) this weekend.

The comments were featured in a tweet posted by NFL Network reporter Kim Jones.

Shurmur’s responses could be interpreted as a slight against Allen, because he was drafted seventh overall out of Wyoming, and has a 6-6 career record as a starter.

Starting left tackle Dion Dawkins took exception to what Shurmur said.

“Whatever. That’s just what he thinks of him,” Dawkins said.

“But for the guys in this locker room, we know what Josh is capable of. That’s why Josh is Josh and that’s why he has that ‘C’ on his chest,” he added, referring to Allen being named a team captain.

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