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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Two weeks removed from injuring his right foot, quarterback Sam Darnold remained a bystander at practice as the New York Jets returned Monday from their bye-week break.

But, unlike the previous practices he missed, Darnold didn’t have a walking boot and, afterward, he sounded encouraged by his progress.

“It feels good. It feels great,” said Darnold, who has started jogging. “Nothing for me to complain about. No pain, either.”

That’s good news for the Jets (3-7), losers of four straight, but that doesn’t mean their prized rookie is cleared to play Sunday against the first-place New England Patriots (7-3) at MetLife Stadium.

Coach Todd Bowles, always tight-lipped with regard to injuries, said it’s too soon to tell if Darnold will practice Wednesday. He described Darnold’s status as “day-to-day, week-to-week.” If he can’t practice Wednesday, it’ll be a strong indication that he won’t be ready to face the Patriots.

Out of playoff contention, the Jets will be cautious with Darnold, who was injured Nov. 4 against the Miami Dolphins. If there’s any concern, they will keep him on the bench for another game in favor of Josh McCown. The team is calling it

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