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Sam Darnold Cleared for Practice; Will Start Against Cowboys

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was medically cleared for contact Tuesday morning after missing three games due to an untimely bout with mononucleosis, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Adam Gase said on Monday Darnold would start against the Cowboys this week if he was cleared.

“I have a feeling it’s going to be good news,” Darnold told ESPN 98.7FM on Monday about his impending tests. “I thought maybe it would come last week, I but I had to wait it out.”

Jets QB Sam Darnold Could Practice Wednesday

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will practice on Wednesday according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Head coach Adam Gase says Darnold’s status is still day-to-day and added they will “see how it goes”.

At the very least, Darnold will take part in team drills but it is unclear whether he has finally been cleared for contact.

It is hare to believe last year’s No.3-overall pick is in any kind of football shape after battling mono but the practice does potentially put him on track to start this Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite the Eagles being favored by 13.5 points, this is a good spot for Darnold and the passing offense after Philly was lit on fire by Aaron Rodgers last week.

Jets Drop to 0-3, Fall to the Patriots 30-16 in Ugly Effort

After Monday night’s loss to the Browns 23-3 not many were expecting the Jets to hang with the Patriots on Sunday, and for the most part they were right.

The Jets fell 30-14 to fall to 0-3 on the season, and they again failed to do much to give New Yorkers hope that 2019 would be a good year for the team.

Here’s some video lowlights of the loss to the Pats:

Sam Darnold Says He’s ‘Confident’ He’ll Play Against the Eagles in Week Five

The Jets could not get starting quarterback Sam Darnold back soon enough after seeing the offense struggle in their 23-3 Monday night drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Browns.

Some are saying that Darnold is going to miss a couple of more weeks, but the quarterback said today via that he feels he will be back for the team’s week five battle with the Eagles.

“I have full confidence that I’ll be ready for the Eagles game,” he told reporters Wednesday.

“I’m not going to promise anything because I don’t know where exactly this mono thing is going. But that’s the goal that the doctors have set, and that’s the goal I have set the game to be back for.”

Darnold will miss the Jets week three battle with the New England Patriots, who have outscored their opponents 76-3 over the first two games of the season.

The QB job for the Jets now will go to Luke Falk, who came in when Trevor Siemian was injured in the second quarter.

Darnold said that he is starting to feel more like himself as he recovers from his bout with mono.

“I feel way better today. My energy’s up. Not exactly where I’d like it to be by next week and other weeks, but it’s been good, especially all things considered,” Darnold said.

Jets Jolted by Browns 23-3 in Prime Time Spotlight to Drop to 0-2

The Jets put up what could be considered a solid fight Monday night based on the circumstances, but in the end they just had no offense to speak of, suffering their second loss of 2019 falling to the Cleveland Browns 23-3.

New York lost their backup quarterback Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury, and Luke Falk took over the offense, but really did nothing to excite the fans that showed up hoping the Jets could pull out their first win of the season.

Instead Jets fans watched shaking their heads as former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. put the game away with an 89-yard touchdown that put Cleveland up 23-3 with 3:32 to play in the third quarter.

Here’s a couple quick observations from the 20-point Jets setback.

1. Terrible Night for the “O”

Fans had probably expected the New York offense to have issues minus Sam Darnold, but to think that the team at one point in the second half would be minus 13 yards passing is stunning to say the least.

But that’s where the team was at, as they lost Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk did nothing early but throw check downs and hand the ball off, not giving the Jets offense much of a chance.

The team finished with 262 total yards, and Falk actually wasn’t awful as a third-string QB, going 20-for-25 for 198 yards.

In the end, it was just a futile effort by the offense in general.

2. Odell Gets the Last Laugh

Browns WR Odell Beckham didn’t need any extra motivation, but Jets DC Gregg Williams gave him some during his dumb comments on Friday when he said ‘who’ when referring to Beckham.

Williams and the rest of the Jets D knew who Odell was as he was racing downfield for an 89-yard score to put the game away late in the third quarter.

The Jets D actually did a decent job given they were without C.J Mosley, and a number of times they got to Baker Mayfield and held him for the most part in check – minus the back breaking play to Beckham.

3. Falk Set to Get an Audition

It’s looking like Jet fans are going to get an extended look at 3rd string QB Luke Falk, as he is going to more than likely get the start for New York Sunday when they travel to New England to take on the Pats.

What a way to break into the league, as New England has dominated in their two wins, topping Pittsburgh and Miami by a combined score of 76-3.

Falk got comfortable about three series into the game taking the spot of an injured Trevor Siemian, and he and Robbie Anderson had something going there for a bit before the Browns stopped the Jets on fourth down deep in Cleveland territory.

The new Jets starter is going to get an education from the Pats right out the gate Sunday, he’d better spend all day and night learning the playbook at this point.

Jets LB C.J. Mosley Out Monday Night Against the Browns

The Jets are already going to miss starting QB Sam Darnold on Monday against the Browns, and now their defense will be at a disadvantage as today the team ruled out starting linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Mosley will miss the game with a groin injury suffered in the opening day loss 17-16 to the Bills at home.

The Jets were hopeful that the linebacker would be able to take the field against the Browns, as they took the day off Friday in hopes he would heal up, but that’s not the case.

Mosley is not the only Jets player that is going to be watching from the sideline, but also defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle) is out for Monday’s game.

The Jets are not the only team that ruled out a player today for the game on Monday, as the Browns on Saturday ruled out starting free safety Damarious Randall.

Jets DT Nathan Shepherd Suspended Six Games for Using Performance-Enhancing Drug

Jets defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd played every game his rookie year and passed every drug test.

He says he had never knowingly taken a banned substance before this past offseason, and certainly never to gain a competitive advantage in a game.

Shepherd has been suspended six games for two separate violations of the performance-enhancing drug policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The suspension will begin immediately. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Oct. 28.

The two failed tests came on June 27 and July 25, while Shepherd was recovering from a shoulder injury that might eventually require surgery as well as a groin injury that resulted in a delay with his offseason training. While rehabbing for the shoulder, he underwent an MRI on his groin that revealed he needed sports hernia surgery. His hunched posture for several weeks after that procedure led to a herniated L4-L5 disc in his back, severely limiting his ability to train at a time he was eager to impress the Jets’ new regime.

“All that was going on, I was coming off of a subpar season and a new coaching staff, new playbook, new everything,” Shepherd said. “In my mindset, I didn’t feel very confident with how everything had gone thus far. In my mind, I was so prepared to come into this offseason and have a successful offseason and train very hard. I felt that because of these limitations, I wasn’t going to be able to do that. I made a rash decision, an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in order to help me with that recovery process so I would be ready to go.”

Jets Acquire Veteran WR Demaryius Thomas From the Patriots

The Jets on Monday made a surprising trade with in-division rival New England, grabbing wide out Demaryius Thomas.

The Pats will get back a 2021 sixth-round pick for Thomas, who was inactive for the team’s Week 1 win over Pittsburgh.

Thomas became expendable after New England signed wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Thomas, 31, who tore his Achilles in December, was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 20. He had seven catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ preseason finale, which was his first game since the injury.