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Jets QB Sam Darnold Announces Potential Timeline For His Return

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold warming up before a game.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold missed Monday night's game against the Cleveland Browns with mono. The former USC star is reportedly being quarantined in his apartment, away from the team, so he doesn't get anyone else sick.

Unfortunately for the former No. 3 overall pick, he's expected to miss more than just one game. Initial reports suggested he could miss up to two months while recovering from the illness.

On Tuesday afternoon, Darnold addressed a potential timeline for his return.

Darnold told reporters he and his doctor are targeting a Week 5 return date.

According to the latest update from the quarterback himself, he could be back for the team's road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

At 0-2 on the season, the Jets are likely staring at 0-3 with a trip to New England to take on the Patriots this weekend. After a BYE week in Week 4, New York has the chance to get its starting quarterback back in the fold before the season truly derails.

On Monday night, backup quarterback Trevor Siemian suffered a nasty ankle injury and is out for the season. That means third-string quarterback Luke Falk will lead the Jets against New England.

New York and New England kick off this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned for the latest.