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Notre Dame freshman quarterback is recovering

Notre Dame freshman quarterback Malik Zaire is making progress as he recovers from mononucleosis, coach Brian Kelly said during his Tuesday news conference.

"He's been cleared for cardiovascular work," Kelly said of Zaire, who hasn't been available for the No. 21 Irish's first two games this year.

"We're going to be able to get him moving, throwing the football. He has not been cleared for contact yet, and that's obviously a second level of the mononucleosis, the spleen enlargement. We haven't got to that point yet, but the blood work came back positive; positive in a sense that he can do cardiovascular work, throwing the football, doing those kinds of things. We're moving in the right direction. He's not officially cleared yet. We wouldn't know that until later in the week."

Receiver Luke Massa, who came to Notre Dame as a quarterback, will be the No. 3 quarterback for the Irish (1-1) against Purdue (1-1) on Saturday if Zaire isn't cleared to play, Kelly said.

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