Jets still waiting on green light on return of Zach Wilson

On Sunday, head coach Robert Saleh said he was hoping to get clearance on if quarterback Zach Wilson would return for Week 4.

A day later, it appears he and the rest of the Jets’ players are still waiting.

During his Zoom press conference Monday, Saleh said they need to hear from Wilson’s doctors in the next 24 to 36 hours before officially announcing him as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We are looking for confirmation,” Saleh said. “Once Zach’s doctors clear him, we will be ready to roll.

“I can’t really define that until we get clearance from the doctors.”

The Jets have been careful with Wilson as they didn’t rush him back after suffering a meniscus and bone bruise injury he sustained in the team’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 12. Wilson shortly underwent arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 16 and Saleh said before the Jets Week 1 matchup that Wilson would return no sooner than Week 4.

During the last two weeks, Wilson returned to practice on a limited basis as he started to ramp up his regimen last week. If everything goes to plan, Wilson should fully practice Wednesday for the first time since training camp. As the Jet players were warming up before Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Wilson was throwing to receivers without a sleeve on his surgically repaired knee.

The Jets certainly could use a spark offensively as the team’s offense had another abysmal day in their 27-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Flacco, who has started the last three games because of Wilson’s injury, completed 28 of 52 passes for 285 yards and two interceptions. He also lost two fumbles.

Flacco struggled with decision-making that led him to hold on to the football and the offensive line failed to give him much time in the pocket.

This led to Flacco being sacked four times and fans begain chanting for backup Mike White to replace the starter during the second half.

Flacco has thrown 155 pass attempts in three games, which is the most in the league. The Jets played 180 minutes so far this season and have held the lead for 25 seconds, which is partly why Flacco’s pass attempts are so high.

“I think it would bring some motivation,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said about getting Wilson back under center. “I know Zach is ready to get out there and he’s been ready this whole offseason.

“It’s unfortunate with the injury and all. But it really doesn’t really matter who’s at that spot, we have to execute regardless. We can have the best quarterback in the world, or the worst quarterback in the world, or anywhere in between — if we are not executing as a team it won’t matter.

“We have to make sure when we come to work tomorrow and on Wednesday, we are trying to execute and do things the right way every play.”


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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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