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Sam Darnold on the side of mono, looking for match on Monday night with the Browns and probably longer

In a shocking development, New York Jets head coach Adam Gase told the media on Thursday that quarterback Sam Darnold would miss Monday night's primetime matchup with the Cleveland Browns because of the mono.

Gase knew this news would surprise people and seemed upset when he delivered the update.

"And since [Darnold] … has mono. He will be out for this game," Gase said. "So Trevor (Siemian) will start and Luke Falk will be elevated at some point and be the backup. So it will be."

To make matters worse, Darnold has already lost weight, and Gase made it seem like his franchise quarterback will miss several games. Per Rich Cimini Gase mentioned that he is happy that the Jets have a Week 4 exchange, which may indicate that he does not count on Darnold until Week 5 when the Jets travel to Philadelphia.

Darnold completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown in the home loss 17-16 as they were hit by the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Buffalo scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

As for the new starter, Siemian spent the 2018 season as Kirk Cousin's backup with the Minnesota Vikings. Before that, he spent his first three seasons with the Denver Broncos. He got a chance as a starter, but only recorded a record of 13-11 before Denver chose to switch him to Minnesota. In 26 games (24 starts) Siemian threw for 5 566 yards, 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

Falk, who will be promoted from the practice squad, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with "Tom Brady pick" at No. 199 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was part of the last roster cuts that year and was picked up quickly by Miami Dolphins. He injured his wrist and was placed on a damaged reserve a month later and then relinquished in May.

The bookmakers took the game off Monday night after the news was announced. The Browns had previously benefited by 2.5 points along the way. Westgate reopened the line at Brown's -6.5, but it dropped quickly, with money coming in on the Siemian-led Jets.

After Matchup Monday football with the Browns, the Jets travel to New England to take on the Patriots. The preliminary line for that game had been the Patriots-13 but will climb with Darnold out.

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