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Jets could be without some key starters for their Week 5 game against the Eagles

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Bad news for Joe Douglas’s new team.

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The Eagles are busy preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons this week but it’s worth noting that one of Philadelphia’s future opponents received some bad news on Thursday.

New York Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold won’t play in Week 2 and could miss several more weeks with mononucleosi (mono), according to head coach Adam Gase. This development is relevant to the Eagles since they host the Jets in Week 5.

It sounds like Darnold might be able to return in time for the trip down to Lincoln Financial Field:

If not, though, Trevor Siemian will likely be the Jets’ starting quarterback for that game. Siemian obviously has experience — he’s 13-11 as a starter — but he also has a 79.9 career passer rating. Not great.

In more bad news for the Jets, star running back Le’Veon Bell won’t practice Thursday as he gets an MRI on his shoudler. Bell might very well be fine by Week 5 but who knows with the Jets’ luck.

Two players who definitely WILL be out for the Eagles versus Jets game include starting tight end Chris Herndon and starting wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. Herndon and Enunwa were two of the Jets’ top three receiving leaders in 2018.

Herndon will be serving the last game of his suspension. Enunwa is out for the season due to a neck injury suffered in Week 1. These absences can only help the Eagles as they look to extend their all-time series lead against the Jets to 11-0.

It’s safe to say that former Eagles vice president of player personnel and current Jets general manager Joe Douglas is facing a lot adversity at his new job.