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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.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.