Adam Gase says injured reserve not a consideration for Sam Darnold

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There’s no concrete timetable for quarterback Sam Darnold‘s return to action after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, but the Jets don’t think it’s going to be eight weeks before he’s back.

Head coach Adam Gase was asked at a Friday press conference whether the team has considered placing Darnold on injured reserve, which would mean he’d be out for at least two months before he’d be eligible to get back on the field.

“It’s not going to be that long,” Gase said.

Gase all but ruled Darnold out for Week Three and the Jets have a bye in Week Four, so it looks like Week Five would be the earliest possible return date. Any decision about bringing Darnold back will have to take into account the fact that mono enlarges the spleen and puts it at a higher risk of rupturing in a contact sport. Gase said the team will not play Darnold until that risk subsides.

In other injury news, Gase said he expects running back Le'Veon Bell to practice on Saturday after having a shoulder MRI on Thursday. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (ankle) are less likely to practice, but it didn’t sound like that would eliminate their chances of playing on Monday night.

11 responses to “Adam Gase says injured reserve not a consideration for Sam Darnold

  1. If it’s possible to score in the negatives then Gase with a backup QB on short prep might be able to do it.

  2. That Monday nighter against the Browns was looking so interesting too. Still a key game for both. Oh and 2, not good! Well, maybe Siemian will show us something.

  3. Trevor Simien is an upgrade over Mark Sanchez 2.0. If the Browns overlook the Jets, they will lose handily.

  4. my biggest fear here is they are gonna rush him back & cause even greater damage…mono is a very serious illness, particularly if you’re an athletic person or sports is your career. it’s a disease measured in months, not weeks. he could very well be out for the season.

  5. He needs to stay out as long as necessary. It’s foolish to think he can just take a few weeks off. It will wipe out anyone for at least 2 months regardless, pro athlete or not.

  6. Gase is speaking from an uninformed or naive position regarding the illness. Darnold WILL be out at least eight weeks. The aftermath leaves a shell of your previous body. Good luck to him.

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