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Sam Darnold cleared for non-contact drills, but status for Eagles game remains unclear

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The Jets have offered their latest update on the status of Sam Darnold as the quarterback seeks to return to the field after a bout with mono.

The good news is that Darnold has been cleared to return to the field.

The news is not all good on the Darnold front, though.

It has felt like getting Darnold back for Week 5 was an ambitious goal.

As mentioned by Gase, the Jets are going to need to figure this out. The quarterback isn’t hit during practice so if Darnold is cleared fully for noncontact situations he might be able to practice the full week in theory. However, if he is not guaranteed to go on Sunday the Jets will need to prepare Luke Falk to start the game.

We will continue to monitor the daily updates the Jets will surely give on Darnold’s status, but it seems like his return this week might be wishful thinking.