Sep 18, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) warms up before the game between the Jets and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Bears, Jets meet with teams facing quarterback questions

Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus and New York Jets coach Robert Saleh had vastly different reasons for needing more time to decide who will quarterback their teams when they meet on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Eberflus will continue to monitor Justin Fields, who separated and partially tore ligaments in his (non-throwing) left shoulder against the Falcons on Sunday, to determine if he can start against the Jets.

Fields was limited in Wednesday’s practice.

“When you’re looking at injury for any player, what are the long-term effects of that and then where is it? Where exactly is it?” Eberflus said. “Is it something that we can play through or is it something that we can have rest? With any player, we take into the equation those two things.”

Saleh, however, made his decision on Wednesday. He told his players that Mike White will start over Zach Wilson after Wilson’s abysmal performance in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

“Zach’s career here is not over,” Saleh said, adding Wilson will be inactive against the Bears. “I know that’s going to be the narrative and I know that’s what everybody wants to shout out, but that’s not even close to the case. The full intent is to make sure Zach gets back on the football field this season. When that is, I’ll make that decision. I’ll take it day-to-day.”

Wilson went 9-for-22 passing for a career-low 77 yards, in addition to running for 26 yards on three carries, against New England.

The Jets (6-4) mustered two yards of offense in the second half against the Patriots and 103 for the game.

White, who hasn’t thrown a pass all season, completed 66.7 percent of his attempts for 953 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games in 2021 while Wilson was out with a knee injury.

Joe Flacco, who started the first three games while Wilson recovered from a preseason knee injury, will be White’s back up.

Wilson went 5-2 as a starter, but he’s thrown just four touchdown passes, one fewer than Flacco, who has thrown for 901 yards and three interceptions.

Meanwhile, Fields, who like Wilson is in his second year, is playing very well for the Bears (3-8), who have dropped four straight games and seven of their past eight.

Fields went 14-for-21 passing for 153 yards with a touchdown and an interception against Atlanta, and rushed for 85 yards and a score on 18 carries.

Fields has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,642 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. But he’s rushed for 834 yards and seven touchdowns on 122 carries, powering the league’s top rushing attack that averages 197.9 yards per game.

“I just feel like if I can play and that I’m not furthering the risk of injury and I can do what I need to do to be able to protect myself, I think that’ll be good enough for me to play,” Fields said.

If Fields can’t go, he’ll likely be replaced by Trevor Siemian, who has thrown one pass all season, a five-yard completion in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Defensive backs Jaquan Brisker and Kyler Gordon, as well as linebacker Sterling Weatherford, are in concussion protocol and didn’t practice on Wednesday.

For the Jets, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (elbow) and tight end Kenny Yeboah (calf) did not participate in practice on Wednesday and their status will be determined closer to game time.

Offensive tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (calf), guard Nate Herbig (shin) and linebacker Quincy Williams (ankle) were limited at practice and their availability for Sunday is uncertain.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Jets to start Mike White, offer QB Zach Wilson ‘reset’

Quarterback Mike White was named the starter over Zach Wilson for this weekend’s game against the Chicago Bears, coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday.

Saleh said “this is not a nail in the coffin” for Wilson.

When asked why the decision was made, Saleh said, “It’s the same things we talked about when we elevated him to the second spot. … We know he’s fully capable, he’s started in this league, he’s won games for us and we just want to give him an opportunity.”

Players were informed of the decision during a team meeting Wednesday morning. The Jets (6-4) host the Bears (3-8) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Saleh added rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner (calf) will be limited during Wednesday’s practice.

Wilson endured his worst performance of the season last Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback completed 9 of 22 passes for a career-worst 77 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.

He caught heat after the game when he was asked if he thought he let the Jets’ defense down. The heat came after his one-word answer: “No.”

Saleh said Wilson spoke to the team after the game. The coach did not reveal what the quarterback said, however.

“Zach’s career here is not over,” Saleh said Wednesday. “I know that’s going to be the narrative … that’s not even close to the case. The full intent is to make sure Zach gets back on the football field this year.

“The young man needs a reset.”

Wilson, who was drafted second overall in 2021, missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a preseason knee injury. The Jets won the first four games he started upon his return but are 1-2 since, with both losses coming to New England.

Wilson, 23, has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this year — matching last season’s rate — and has 1,279 passing yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio through 20 career games is 13-to-16.

White, 27, has yet to throw a pass this season. He completed 66.7 percent of his attempts for 953 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) runs under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Lawrence Guy (93) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Saleh: Jets yet to decide QB1 after Zach Wilson clunker

With Zach Wilson firmly under the microscope in the Big Apple, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday afternoon that he has yet to decide who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Wilson had his worst performance of the season Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback completed 9 of 22 passes for just 77 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.

He caught heat after the game when he was asked if he thought he let the Jets’ defense down. The heat came because of his one-word answer: “No.”

Saleh said Monday he informed Wilson that his status as New York’s starter was uncertain. Mike White and Joe Flacco are the other quarterbacks on the Jets’ 53-man roster.

“We’re keeping everything on the table over the next couple of days,” Saleh said.

The coach defended the former No. 2 overall draft pick from some of the off-the-field criticism, saying, “I don’t think Zach lacks in leadership.”

Wilson missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a preseason knee injury. The Jets won the first four games he started upon his return but are 1-2 since, with both losses coming to New England.

Wilson has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this year – matching last season’s rate – and has 1,279 passing yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio through 20 career games is 13:16.

The Jets (6-4) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are just one game behind the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the AFC East co-leaders. New York owns a win over both Miami and Buffalo.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson (38) runs with the ball against New York Jets cornerback Michael Carter II (30) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Jones scores late punt-return TD to push Patriots past Jets

Marcus Jones returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with five seconds remaining as the New England Patriots picked up their 14th consecutive win over the New York Jets, escaping with a 10-3 victory on Sunday afternoon in Foxborough, Mass.

In a game that featured 17 punts, Jones provided the only touchdown to lead the Patriots (6-4) to their third straight win. New England’s defense was suffocating, holding New York (6-4) to just 2 yards of total offense in the second half and 103 for the entire game.

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones completed 23 of 27 passes for 246 yards, while Damien Harris finished with 65 yards on eight carries. Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for just 26 yards but added another 56 on six catches.

Zach Wilson threw for just 77 yards on 9-for-22 passing. He also ran for a team-high 26 yards, while Michael Carter went for 19 yards on eight carries. New York’s defense stood strong as well, sacking Jones six times.

New England appeared to score the game’s first touchdown with 10:27 remaining in the fourth when Kyle Dugger sacked Wilson, Wilson fumbled and Davon Godchaux scooped up the loose ball at the Jets 10 and walked into the end zone.

However, Wilson ended up being ruled down, keeping things knotted at 3-all.

Both teams punted on their first two drives, but Nick Folk broke the scoreless tie at the beginning of the second quarter with a 24-yard field goal to punctuate a 14-play, 74-yard drive. New York quickly evened the score, though, thanks to Greg Zuerlein’s 45-yarder on the ensuing possession.

Folk had a chance to give the Patriots a lead before the break, but his kick clanked off the crossbar from 44 yards out with 2:49 left in the first half.

New England totaled seven first downs through the first 30 minutes of action, while the Jets managed just four as the teams combined for 252 total yards of offense.

Folk also missed from 43 yards out with 9:08 left in the third.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; East Rutherford,NJ, USA;  New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) scrambling in the second half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets take another shot at ending Patriots’ hex

When the New York Jets clashed with the New England Patriots in Week 8, it looked as if the Jets were in prime position to shake a 12-game losing streak against their AFC East rivals.

New York was riding a four-game winning streak, quarterback Zach Wilson was playing with confidence, and the Jets were playing at home — which happens to be the only place they’ve been able to win a regular-season game against New England over the past 13 years.

The result? A 13-game losing streak against the Patriots.

However, New York will have another chance to snap the skid when it travels to Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday for a meeting with the Patriots.

Both teams are coming off their bye week.

The Jets (6-3) bounced back from their loss against New England (5-4) with an impressive 20-17 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 6.

James Robinson scored his first touchdown as a Jet late in the third quarter against Buffalo. After Tyler Bass’ field goal leveled the game at 17-all, the Jets’ Greg Zuerlein made good on a 28-yarder with just under two minutes remaining for the winning points.

With the Jets coming off the win and a week of rest, coach Robert Saleh said his team is better than it was the last time out against the Patriots.

“I feel like we’ve gotten better every week,” Saleh said. “It still comes down to being able to execute and do our job and do right longer. You’d like to think with every passing day, you get a little bit better.”

Getting better as the season progresses has been something New England has been able to accomplish, as the Patriots have won four of their past five games after a 1-3 start.

The Patriots went into their bye week on a high note following a 26-3 romp over the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Matthew Judon and Josh Uche headlined a masterclass defensive performance, as they each recorded three sacks. Jonathan Jones blocked a punt and returned an interception 17 yards for a TD as New England prevented the Colts from converting any of their 14 third-down opportunities.

It might be harder for the Patriots to apply pressure against New York, though, as New England coach Bill Belichick noted that the Jets have tuned up their offensive line since the teams last met.

“They played Buffalo — that’s the only game we’ve seen — (and they) did a good job defensively against a very explosive Buffalo offense,” Belichick said. “Did a good job in the kicking game, protecting the ball, especially their quarterback.”

The Sunday game will open a busy stretch for the Patriots, who will play three games in a 12-day span. Following the meeting with New York, New England will visit the Vikings on Thanksgiving before returning home to play the Bills on Dec. 1.

“We’re focused on the Jets right now,” Belichick said. “Worry about next week next week.”

Defensive lineman DaMarcus Mitchell could miss the beginning of that stretch, as he did not practice on Wednesday due to an illness. Fellow defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee), safety Kyle Dugger (ankle) and Uche (hamstring) were all limited.

Wide receiver Corey Davis didn’t participate in the Jets’ practice on Wednesday because of a knee injury. Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (elbow) and guard Nate Herbig (shin) also sat out.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (72) unwraps his taped hand as he leaves the field after losing to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to work out with Jets

With a milestone achieved in his other career, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif could return to pro football.

Duvernay-Tardif, also a doctor, has completed his residency and is set to work out Wednesday for the New York Jets, NFL Network reported. He could be signed to the team’s practice squad.

The offensive lineman walked away from football in 2020 to work in medicine in his native Canada at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For his efforts, Sports Illustrated named him the Sportsperson of the Year.

Duvernay-Tardif, 31, played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015-19, appearing in 60 games (57 starts). He decided to return to football last fall, and the Chiefs traded him to the Jets on Nov. 2 as part of a four-team deal.

He did not sign with a team earlier this year to finish his residency at a hospital in the Montreal area.

The Jets offensive line has been plagued by injuries.

Mekhi Becton broke a kneecap in the preseason, and George Fant (knee) has been on injured reserve since a Week 3 injury.

In good news for the Jets, the team designated Max Mitchell (knee) to return from injured reserve this week and resume practice.

–Field Level Media

Tyler Conklin and Zach Wilson of the Jets celebrate with Michael Carter of the Jets after he scored a TD in the first half as the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East game played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 6 2022.

As The New York Jets Host The Buffalo Bills In An Afc East Game Played At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On November 6 2022

Jets rally from double digits, hold strong to stun Bills

Rookie Ahmad Gardner broke up Josh Allen’s final pass with 33 seconds remaining as the New York Jets rallied for a dramatic 20-17 victory over the visiting Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Jets (6-3) took its three-point lead after Greg Zuerlein kicked a 28-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining, capping a 14-play drive where New York ran 10 times and forced Buffalo (6-2) to use its three remaining timeouts.

Allen appeared he was going to execute a dramatic finish but his long pass to Stefon Diggs was nullified by a holding penalty to offensive lineman Dion Dawkins. Two plays later, New York defensive end Bryce Huff hit Allen’s right arm resulting in a 19-yard loss and a fumble recovered by Buffalo’s Ryan Bates at the 14-yard-line.

After the fumble, Allen made a low throw to Diggs and was seen holding his arm. The game then ended when Gardner kept pace with Davis along the left sideline and broke up the pass.

New York quarterback Zach Wilson completed 18-of-25 passes for 154 yards and a seven-yard touchdown pass to James Robinson in the third quarter. His final completion was a 12-yard slant to Denzel Mims that set up the game-winning field goal.

Allen rushed for two TDs in the first half as Buffalo built a 14-3 lead. Allen completed 18-of-34 passes for 205 yards while gaining 86 yards on nine rushes.

Diggs finished with five catches for 93 yards, all in the first half.

Buffalo took a 7-0 lead on Allen’s quarterback sneak with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter. Zuerlein curled a 53-yard field goal inside the left post to make it 7-3 with 35 seconds left but Allen’s 36-yard run put Buffalo up 14-3 with 4:39 remaining.

Michael Carter’s 6-yard run up the middle with 32 seconds left moved the Jets within 14-10 by halftime after Garrett Wilson’s 24-yard catch and a successful fake punt.

Gardner also set up Robinson’s 7-yard reception by intercepting Allen with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third shortly after Wilson lost a fumble. Bass then tied it by hitting a 51-yard field goal early in the fourth.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25)
 is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets RB James Robinson (knee) active vs. Bills

New York Jets running back James Robinson is listed as active for Sunday’s game against the visiting Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford, N.J.

Robinson, who was questionable with a knee injury, had five carries for 17 yards against the New England Patriots last Sunday in his first game since being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the NFL trade deadline. The Patriots won 22-17.

That trade came about on the heels of rookie Breece Hall’s season-ending ACL and meniscus injury in New York’s 16-9 win over the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23. Hall was having a breakout rookie season for the Jets, rushing for 463 yards and four touchdowns on 80 carries in seven games (two starts). He also had a receiving touchdown.

Robinson, 24, has 86 carries for 357 yards and three rushing touchdowns in eight games this season.

He has 490 carries for 2,194 yards and 18 touchdowns in 36 career games with the Jaguars and Jets. He also has caught 89 passes for 612 yards and four touchdowns.

While Robinson is active on Sunday, the following Jets players are inactive: quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Corey Davis, tight end Jeremy Ruckert, running back Zonovan Knight, cornerback Bryce Hall and safety Tony Adams.

The Bills listed safety Jordan Poyer, linebacker Matt Milano, cornerback Tre’Davious White, offensive tackle Spencer Brown and tight end Tommy Sweeney as inactive.

–Field Level Media

James Robinson rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in 35 games played for the Jaguars.

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Jets RB James Robinson (knee) questionable vs. Bills

New York Jets running back James Robinson was added to the injury report as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Robinson, who is nursing a knee injury, had five carries for 17 yards against the New England Patriots last Sunday in his first game since being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the NFL trade deadline. The Patriots won 22-17.

That trade came about on the heels of rookie Breece Hall’s season-ending ACL and meniscus injury in New York’s 16-9 win over the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23. Hall was having a breakout rookie season for the Jets, rushing for 463 yards and four touchdowns on 80 carries in seven games (two starts). He also had a receiving touchdown.

Michael Carter likely will receive a larger workload should Robinson be unable to play on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Robinson, 24, has 86 carries for 357 yards and three rushing touchdowns in eight games this season.

He has 490 carries for 2,194 yards and 18 touchdowns in 36 career games with the Jaguars and Jets. He also has caught 89 passes for 612 yards and four touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill (43) is tackled by Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer (21) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bills’ Jordan Poyer, Jets’ Corey Davis out for AFC East clash

Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer and New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis have been ruled out of Sunday’s game in East Rutherford, N.J.

Poyer had yet to practice this week after injuring his elbow in the second half of the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.

The absence of the All-Pro could result in newly acquired safety Dean Marlowe seeing additional time against the Jets. Marlowe, a former Bill, was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

Poyer, 31, has four interceptions to go along with 21 tackles in five games this season.

Linebackers Von Miller (ankle) and Matt Milano (oblique) are considered day-to-day with their respective injuries, Bills coach Sean McDermott said.

Davis, 27, will miss his second straight game after sustaining a knee injury in New York’s 16-9 victory over the Denver Broncos on Oct. 23.

Davis has 19 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season.

Rookie Garrett Wilson, Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims likely will see a bit more playing time in his absence.

–Field Level Media