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New York Jets: Week 2 injury report with possible ramifications

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The New York Jets are facing a slew of injuries ahead of their Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Here is the latest news on those injuries with possible ramifications.

The New York Jets haven’t exactly enjoyed the start to the 2019 season that they were envisioning. An embarrassing Week 1 loss turned even more disastrous when starting quarterback Sam Darnold came down with a case of mono.

Injuries, suspensions, and illnesses have already piled up for a franchise that had high hopes heading into 2019.

Darnold’s sickness, injuries to Quincy Enunwa and Avery Williamson, and suspensions to Chris Herndon, Brandon Copeland, and now Nathan Shepherd have transformed what was once a promising roster beaming with talent to a shell of its former self.

But aside from the obvious absence of Darnold and the aforementioned players, who else will the Jets be missing when they take on the Cleveland Browns this Monday night?

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Out

Sam Darnold, QB (illness) — Darnold will miss this Monday’s game and likely at least a couple more after coming down with a case of mono. Trevor Siemian will start in his place with preseason standout Luke Falk having been promoted from the practice squad to serve as his backup.

C.J. Mosley, LB (groin) — The prized free-agent signing C.J. Mosley was incredibly impressive in Week 1 but injured his groin and has been declared out for Monday. Neville Hewitt will call plays on defense in his place with rookie fifth-round pick Blake Cashman filling in as a starter.

Quinnen Williams, DT (ankle)Quinnen Williams saw limited playing time in Week 1 as the rookie first-round pick was used sparingly and injured his ankle in the first half. Expect more snaps for the starters as well as Bronson Kaufusi and Folorunso Fatukasi who may be active this week.

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Questionable

Kelvin Beachum, LT (ankle)Kelvin Beachum was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday but is expected to play on Monday. If he can’t go, third-round rookie Chuma Edoga would likely step up and start in his place.

Le’Veon Bell, RB (shoulder)Le’Veon Bell injured his shoulder in Wednesday’s practice and had tests done but they all came back negative. Expect Bell to be good to go this Monday and there’s no indication that he will be limited in any way.

Braxton Berrios, WR/PR (hamstring) — The Jets resident punt returner Braxton Berrios was limited all week in practice nursing a hamstring injury but all signs point to him being ready to go this week.

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Alex Lewis, OG (shoulder) — Backup guard Alex Lewis was limited in practice this week but should be good to go on special teams this week. Hopefully he isn’t called on to play actual offensive snaps, however.

Steve McLendon, NT (hip) — The veteran nose tackle, Steve McLendon, was limited this week in practice with a hip injury but should be just fine to play on Monday. And with Quinnen Williams already out, that’s good news for the Jets defensive line.

Demaryius Thomas, WR (hamstring) — The newest addition to the Jets roster, Demaryius Thomas did not practice all week but could still suit up to play Monday. Out of all of the “questionables,” his status is likely the most uncertain but my gut feeling is that he plays.

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Brian Winters, RG (shoulder) — Like many others on this report, Brian Winters was limited all week with a shoulder injury and should be ready for action against the Browns. If not, veteran Tom Compton would likely fill in as the starter at right guard.

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