After missing the last four games, rookie Zach Wilson will be back under center for the New York Jets against the Houston Texans this Sunday, sources told the New York Daily News.
Quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Mike White went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. White tested positive for COVID, according to sources, and it is unknown if he’s vaccinated. Flacco was deemed a close contact, and it’s uncertain when he can return.
Flacco has not received a COVID vaccine, he said last Wednesday. The former Ravens quarterback didn’t go into details about why he isn’t vaccinated, saying he wanted to keep his reasons to himself.
“I definitely have my reasons. Honestly, I probably like to talk about this topic more than anybody ... But I’ve overall felt like it’s more of a distraction than anything,” Flacco said last week. “So I feel like to kind of talk about it too much and give you all my beliefs, is more of a distraction than anything. I think the most important thing is going to play a football game.”
Wilson suffered a sprained PCL against the Patriots and missed four games. He was replaced by White, who did a decent job. White played well enough to give pause on who would start once Wilson was healthy. White threw five touchdowns in his first eight quarters with a 405-yard performance against the Bengals in an upset win.
But White struggled tremendously against the Bills, as he threw four interceptions in a 45-17 loss.
Then the Jets started Flacco, who they acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 25, against the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. Coach Robert Saleh believed the veteran quarterback would be better equipped to handle the Dolphins high blitzing scheme.
Flacco proved Saleh right, as he went 12-for-19 for 168 yards and two touchdowns against the blitz.
Wilson could have returned against the Bills. But Saleh didn’t want to rush Wilson back when he started practicing two weeks ago.
“We’re going to do everything to make sure we protect this young man,” Saleh said on Monday. “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.”
Now Wilson is healthy and starting again.