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Jets’ Zach Wilson nears return to live game action; Robert Saleh says QB will play when ‘he’s not thinking about that knee’

Zach Wilson has inched closer to returning after missing four weeks with a sprained PCL.

Wilson went through his second week of practice with another pregame warmup on Sunday. Robert Saleh felt good about the No. 2 overall pick’s progress and will make a decision on his return this week.

“Zack had a really good workout yesterday,” Saleh said Monday. “He’s being evaluated today. We’ll get him through another one tomorrow and be able to evaluate him from there. And then we’ll be able to make a decision Wednesday morning.”

The Jets have played with three different quarterbacks in Wilson’s absence, with each signal caller flashing moments of competency.

Mike White threw for 405 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Bengals in an upset win Week 8. White played well enough that Saleh left the door open that he could continue starting even if Wilson was healthy. Then he struggled immensely against the Bills in Week 10, tossing four interceptions in a blowout loss.

Josh Johnson threw for 317 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Colts when he replaced White, who suffered a forearm injury that Week 9 game.

And Saleh rolled with Joe Flacco because of his experience against the Dolphins blitzing defensive scheme Week 11. Flacco threw for 291 yards with two touchdowns and went 12-of-19 for 166 yards with two scores in the loss. It was a smart of Saleh to play Flacco instead of rushing Wilson back against the Dolphins. The amount of blitzing they did would have been dangerous for Wilson soon after returning from injury.

In the games Wilson missed, the backups have done their part as the Jets jumped to ninth in passing yards per game (258). It was defense that struggled in four of the five games — the unit allowed 30 points or more, with a three that exceeded 40 points.

Still, with Wilson getting closer and the Jets preparing to take on the 2-8 Texans in Houston Week 12, Saleh won’t compromise his young QB’s health for the sake of getting him back in games.

“We’re going to do everything to make sure we protect this young man,” Saleh said. “So, when he is fully healthy and he feels like there’s no limitations in his ability to play football and he’s not thinking about that knee, we’ll get him out there. But he’s got to be 100% healthy before we get him out on the football field.”

MC IS OUT

The Jets took another blow to offense. Budding star running back Michael Carter suffered an ankle injury against the Dolphins and will miss two to three weeks, according to Saleh.

Carter has flashed star potential in the run and pass game. The fourth round pick had 509 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns over the past five games and he didn’t finish the Dolphins game. If he did, those numbers would have been more because he had 63 yards rushing.

Carter’s replacements will be Ty Johnson, Tevin Coleman and La’Mical Perine. Johnson has been productive in the passing game, with 25 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns. His rushing ability hasn’t been as evident as he’s averaged with 3.4 yards per carry. This could be his opportunity to improve with Carter sidelined.


Source: Berkshire mont

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