Injured Jets quarterback Zach Wilson behind quarterback Joe Flacco on the sidelines in the second half. The Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets 45-17 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 14, 2021.

The Buffalo Bills Play The New York Jets At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On November 14 2021

Reports: Jets QB Zach Wilson draws start in Week 12

The New York Jets have tabbed rookie Zach Wilson the starting quarterback this Sunday amid COVID-19 upending the quarterback room, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Wilson has missed the past four games with a knee sprain but will be back under center against the Houston Texans.

Backup quarterback Mike White tested positive for COVID-19 and No. 3 signal caller Joe Flacco was deemed a close contact, resulting in both being place on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, per the reports.

Josh Johnson is being promoted from the practice squad to back up Wilson this Sunday.

Wilson cleared medical protocols on his knee on Monday, per the reports.

White played three games in place of Wilson while Flacco started last Sunday against Miami. Johnson came on for White in Week 9 against Indianapolis when White suffered an arm injury in the first quarter. Johnson threw for 317 yards and three TDs in the losing effort.

The Jets went 1-3 in Wilson’s absence. The Jets were 1-5 under Wilson before he was injured.

Wilson sprained his PCL in the Jets’ Week 7 loss against New England. Wilson is completing just 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,168 yards and four touchdowns against nine interceptions.

White led the Jets to just their second victory of the season, 34-31 over Cincinnati in Week 8. White threw for 405 yards, three touchdowns and two INTs.

The Jets and Texans are both 2-8.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) talks to quarterback Joe Flacco (19) on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Broadway woe: QB conundrums central to Jets vs. Dolphins

The return of Broadway Joe Flacco is not the type of hit the New York Jets were looking for entering the 10th game of the 2021 regular season.

Quarterback intrigue was supposed to be surrounding the Miami Dolphins this week, not the New York Jets, in the runup to their game in East Rutherford, N.J.

Instead, it seems the drama is taking place in the Northeast, not down South.

Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa, pressed into service as the emergency quarterback in the Dolphins’ 22-10 win over Baltimore on Thursday night, said the fractured middle finger on his left (throwing) hand is doing just fine.

“It feels good,” Tagovailoa said after practice Wednesday during his weekly media availability. “Obviously there’s still healing that’s taking place, but other than that, it’s fine.”

Tagovailoa came off the bench to guide the Dolphins (3-7) to the victory after starter Jacoby Brissett was forced to leave the game because of a knee injury. Yet Tagovailoa, the original starter prior to the injury, will now reclaim his job with no medical restrictions, he believes.

“I don’t think there are going to be any limitations for Sunday with the finger,” he said. “It feels good at this point.”

Despite the injury, Tagovailoa connected on deep passes of 35 and 64 yards and Miami pulled away from Baltimore in the second half. Miami coach Brian Flores said Brissett is well enough to be the backup against New York on Sunday.

The Jets (2-7) are still at least one week away from seeing their hoped-for franchise quarterback, Zach Wilson, return to action. Wilson has returned to practice on a limited basis but still is hasn’t been cleared to play as he recovers from a sprained PCL in his right knee suffered in a loss at New England on Oct. 24.

Third-year pro Mike White, who had started the previous three games in Wilson’s absence, has been benched and, in a surprise move, Jets coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday that Flacco will start against Miami.

“This is kind of why we brought in a guy like Joe,” Saleh said, “for situations like this and his experience to play systems of Miami’s caliber.”

Flacco was reacquired by the Jets in a trade with Philadelphia on Oct. 25, one day after Wilson was injured. It will mark Flacco’s first start since Nov. 22, 2020, in the Jets’ 34-28 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers.

White threw four interceptions in a 45-17 loss to Buffalo last week, two weeks after his historic first NFL start in which he threw for 405 yards in a victory over Cincinnati.

“He’s been a good player in this league for a long time,” Miami coach Brian Flores said when the news of Flacco starting was relayed to him. “(He’s) smart, experienced. He’s going to try to get the ball to their go-to guys. It will be a challenge for us.”

Of course, the immobile Flacco won’t test the Dolphins’ defense the way Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson did the week before, when Miami limited him to 39 yards on 11 rushing attempts.

The Jets’ defense is ranked last in the NFL, and although Tagovailoa said the requisite nice things about them, he noted that against Baltimore, “A lot of the shifting we did against the Ravens kind of put them in a bind, if you will, just because it forces communication defensively. … That kind of helped open up a lot of the deeper routes.”

The Jets have been vulnerable to misdirection and gadget plays.

–Field Level Media

Nov 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots as running back La'Mical Perine (22) blocks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Flacco passes Montana for 20th in career passing yards

In a reflection of the pass-happy, post-modern NFL, New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco moved into the top 20 in league history for career passing yardage Monday night.

What’s more, he passed the legendary Joe Montana.

Flacco, in his 13th NFL season, entered the Monday night game against the New England Patriots with 40,464 yards in his career, needing 88 yards to pass Montana in 20th place on the list. He did so in style, hitting Breshad Perriman with a 50-yard strike in the second quarter to give the Jets a 10-7 lead.

Flacco, who has one Super Bowl ring, three fewer than Montana, started the game in place of Sam Darnold, who has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury.

Entering the game, Flacco had thrown 6,011 passes in his career of 173 starts, while Montana threw nearly 700 fewer passes in his 15-year career.

Flacco became the eighth active player among the top 20 passers all-time. Of the players on the list, 16 have played in the past 20 years. Only Hall of Famers Dan Marino, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton and Dan Fouts remain on the list among QBs whose careers were played entirely in the 20th century.

Drew Brees (79,536 yards), and Tom Brady (76,969) top the list.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws the ball as Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed (59) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Darnold (shoulder) returns to practice

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to practice Wednesday and has a chance to be the starter when the team hosts the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Darnold has missed the past two games after suffering an AC joint sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 1.

Darnold received first-team practice repetitions on Wednesday and coach Adam Gase said a decision will come later in the week.

“All options are available,” Gase told reporters. “We’ll have him on a pitch count. I think really the biggest thing is how he’s going to feel (Thursday).

“If there’s anything that lingers or anything where he’s throwing (in pain), that’s kind of his red flag of, ‘Hey, I have to let you guys know.’ We need him to be real honest.”

Without Darnold, the Jets (0-6) scored 10 total points in two games with Joe Flacco as the starter. New York has scored the fewest points (75) in the NFL.

Even with Darnold, the Jets weren’t lighting up the scoreboard. They scored 17 or fewer points in each of his first three games.

Darnold has passed for 792 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Flacco has thrown for 397 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three games this season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Jets turn to Flacco in bid for first win vs. Cardinals

The New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals aim to get their seasons on track Sunday afternoon when they meet in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Jets are 0-4, one of four remaining winless teams in the NFL. Now, they are without starting quarterback Sam Darnold, who will miss Sunday’s game because of a sprained shoulder sustained in last week’s 37-28 loss to Denver.

Veteran Joe Flacco will start against the Cardinals, New York coach Adam Gase announced Wednesday.

“When I watch (Flacco) throw, the stuff I’ve seen him do on the scout team, the arm strength is still there,” Gase said. “I know that. Joe seems like he’s gonna be fine. It’s just more about just kind of working with the guys that he’s gonna play with on Sunday and just getting into some kind of rhythm.”

The Jets are 0-6 over the past two seasons when Darnold does not play due to injury or illness. But things have also been a struggle with Darnold behind center in 2020.

New York enters the week ranked last in the league in passing offense (179.5 yards per game) and second-to-last in both scoring (16.3 points per game) and total offense (278.0 yards per game).

Those issues have translated to the other side of the ball. The Jets rank in the middle of the pack in total defense (368.8 yards allowed per game), but third-to-last in scoring defense (32.8 points per game).

Flacco could get help this week, as running back Le’Veon Bell is eligible to come off injured reserve and was designated to return to practice Wednesday.

Linebacker Blake Cashman, wide receiver Vyncint Smith and defensive end Jabari Zuniga were also designated to return to practice after stints on injured reserve. Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims, who has also been on injured reserve with injuries to both hamstrings, was not designated to practice.

Cornerback Bless Austin (calf), offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (shoulder), linebacker Jordan Jenkins (shoulder/calf) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Safety Ashtyn Davis (groin) and wide receiver Chris Hogan (ribs/knee) were limited.

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring), offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (shoulder) and linebacker Jordan Willis (ankle) were full participants in Wednesday’s practice.

The Cardinals (2-2) won their first two games, creating early buzz about second-year quarterback Kyler Murray and the offense. That has dwindled significantly after back-to-back losses to Detroit and Carolina.

Arizona’s defense could not get off the field against the Panthers, allowing scoring drives of 15, 13, 10, nine and eight plays. That limited the Cardinals to 55 offensive plays, and receiver DeAndre Hopkins to 41 yards on seven catches.

“We’re trying to figure ourselves out, what we are, what our identity is,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “We’re still a work in progress, obviously.”

Kingsbury said Wednesday that Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker is expected to return Sunday after missing last week’s game due to a thumb ligament injury that required surgery. Baker, running back Kenyan Drake (chest) and offensive lineman Justin Pugh (leg) were all full participants in Wednesday’s practice.

Safety Chris Banjo (hamstring), tight end Darrell Daniels (thigh) and linebacker Devon Kennard (calf) did not practice Wednesday. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (calf) was limited.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Former teammates Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) and New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (5) walk off the field together after a game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jets activate QB Flacco for game vs. Broncos

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will be active for the first time this season when the New York Jets host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Flacco underwent offseason neck surgery and wasn’t available as New York opened its season with three straight losses.

The activation of Flacco comes after starting quarterback Sam Darnold threw three interceptions — including two returned for touchdowns — in Sunday’s 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Flacco, 35, has passed for 40,067 yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 171 career games for the Baltimore Ravens (2008-18) and Broncos (2019). He was named Super Bowl MVP when the Ravens notched a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers following the 2012 season.

Flacco was released by Denver in March. The Jets signed him in late May.

New York waived quarterback Mike White to open up a roster spot. The Jets will likely resign White — who has never taken a regular-season snap — to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media