At the point when Sam Darnold twists up, probably at his North Jersey apartment, and flames up his TV to watch his New York Jets take the field without him on Monday night, he will join a exclusive club.
A sore, physically sapped, fevered club. A miserable club whose enrollment count is accepted to be two.
“This,” says Chris Chandler, the main other beginning NFL QB known to have been sidelined by mononucleosis, “is a legit, hardcore illness.”
Darnold was determined to have it on Wednesday, and quickly quarantined in his apartment. He had, as indicated by Jets lead trainer Adam Gase, officially shed five pounds. He had missed practice Wednesday with what Gase initially called strep throat.
However, this – mono, as it’s usually called – is more awful. Much more regrettable.
Simply ask Chandler, who spoke Yahoo Sports Thursday from his home in Utah. He gotten the virus midway through a 17-year NFL profession, late in the 1995 season.
Following a 42-33 Houston Oilers win upon the Denver Broncos, where he tossed for 280 yards and three touchdowns, “I wasn’t feeling real good,” he recalls.
At that point came the sore throat. The tiredness. The weakness. The next week, the Oilers went to Pittsburgh. “I didn’t warm up at all,” Chandler reviews. “I actually threw a touchdown pass in the first [half]. And then I went back in the locker room, and I just fell asleep.
“I’ll never forget walking off that field in Pittsburgh,” he proceeds. “I literally went back to the locker room, on a concrete floor, laid on my back with a towel behind my head, and just fell asleep until the game was over.”
Chandler attempted to go again the next week, back at home against Detroit. “I probably shouldn’t have played,” he currently concedes. He again went on until halftime, however was supplanted by new rookie Steve McNair. For a little while from that point, he didn’t do anything.” “His season, in Week 15, was finished.
Chandler still has no clue how he got mono. “I’m not even sure exactly what mono is,” he says. “But it’s definitely a tough thing to deal with.”
What is mono? What’s more, for what reason can’t NFL players play with it?
Mono, in short, is an virus transmitted by means of saliva that can cause weakness, fevers, swelling and other unpleasant side effects that for the most part make life wretched.
Another potential side effect is a broadened spleen. That is the reason football players can’t just battle through mono to take the field. The spleen’s extension puts it in danger of rupturing – and puts the players, consequently, in danger of genuine damage, or even death.
Not many NFLers have publicly been determined to have it. A few, in any case, comprehend Darnold’s situation. Previous 49ers hostile lineman Jonathan Martin missed OTAs with the illness in 2014. As of late resigned defensive end Chris Long was determined to have it back in college, and says he lost 20 pounds.
Other college football players determined to have mono had comparable experiences.
At the point when Michigan State cornerback Darian Hicks became sick half a month prior to the opening game of his lesser season, he at first expected he simply had an awful sore throat. Simply after he woke up one morning with his tonsils excited and swollen did he understand it was something more worse.
“It’s kind of a surreal feeling because you hear about mono but you never think that you’re going to get it,” Hicks disclosed to Yahoo Sports.
For the following couple weeks, Hicks reviews always feeling sluggish. He shed 12 pounds since he couldn’t eat or drink anything without his body clenching up.
When Hicks was at long last cleared to play after fall camp was finished, he attempted to recover the muscle he’d lost. All things considered, he persevered, recovering his beginning job by middle of the season, creating a career-best 33 tackles, and helping Michigan State advance to the 2015 College Football Playoff.
“I didn’t let that stop me from making an impact,” Hicks says. “It forced something new out of me. It was a blessing in a curse.”
In any case, mono is both a depleting affliction and an uncommon one. Darnold’s is only the second known case among NFL beginning QBs.