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Sam Darnold Issues New Update On His Injury Status

A closeup of Sam Darnold during a New York Jets game.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 30: Sam Darnold #14 of of the New York Jets reacts during the fourth quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has recovered fairly quickly from his mono diagnosis last week. He's already out of quarantine with only limited weight loss.

Tuesday, we found out that Darnold is targeting a Week 5 return to the field against Philadelphia. Today, we learned what needs to happen for Darnold to be cleared.

Speaking to the media, Darnold revealed that his spleen is enlarged as a result of his illness. He is currently waiting for it to go down in size before he can return.

But once it does, he says he'll be able to play.

The Jets are already on their third-string quarterback in Luke Falk after backup Trevor Siemian was injured this past week. They lost to the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, only mustering a field goal in a 23-3 loss.

With an 0-2 start, their season is probably all but over. Barring a miracle, they'll be 0-3 after they take on the Patriots.

Ironically, the Jets' early bye that many complained about could end up serving them well. It will give Darnold an extra week to recover without missing an extra game.

Even if getting Darnold back doesn't result in a winning season, at least the Jets will be able to continue to develop him.