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  • Rich CiminiESPN Group Creator


    • Longtime Jets beat writer for Unusual York Day-to-day News
    • Syracuse University graduate

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Unusual York Jets‘ recent commerce for backup quarterback Joe Flacco raised questions at the time of the deal, and these questions are bigger now that Flacco, who talked about final week he’s unvaccinated, is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Despite the indisputable truth that Flacco is anticipated to shuffle away out Sunday’s game towards the Houston Texans — this might occasionally be the third time he’s lazy since the Oct. 25 commerce — coach Robert Saleh defended the team’s dedication to construct an unvaccinated quarterback for a 2022 sixth-spherical pick.

“I might stand by this forever: When any individual presents a sixth-spherical pick for a participant of Joe’s caliber, to me there shouldn’t be this kind of thing as a threat,” Saleh talked about Wednesday. “You’re taking part in with dwelling cash. I’ve talked about it earlier than: You could perhaps commerce assist one space and get that sixth-spherical pick assist in a flee.

“I know we ogle at draft capital, nevertheless that is a truly easy dedication. He’s a confirmed quarterback, a Big Bowl quarterback, a file holder, a man who can resolve an offense if he wants to step in there, which he did on Sunday. He did a ultimate looking out job towards Miami’s strain gadget. That, in itself, is fee its weight in gold.”

Flacco, 36, handed for 291 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, nevertheless he used to be headed assist to the bench this week because rookie Zach Wilson — out the past four video games with a sprained knee — has been cleared to initiating towards the Texans.

The Jets (2-8) will imprint Josh Johnson off the apply squad to abet as the backup because Flacco and Mike White had been positioned on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

White examined clear and has been dominated out for the game. Flacco didn’t take a look at clear; he used to be a end contact. On fable of he’s unvaccinated, Flacco must take a look at detrimental for five straight days after his final contact earlier than he can return to the team. Which scheme he could be cleared on Saturday. If he had been vaccinated, he would’ve been allowed to follow the team and apply.

Flacco also needed to clear 5 days of protocols at the time of his commerce from the Philadelphia Eagles, which occurred in the end after Wilson’s ruin. On account of the delay, he didn’t agree with enough time to get appealing for the Oct. 31 game towards the Cincinnati Bengals and, on a brief week, the Nov. 4 game towards the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jets made the commerce for Flacco, a ancient Big Bowl MVP with the Baltimore Ravens, because they wished aged skills within the assist of Wilson.

At some level of Wilson’s absence, White began three video games, beating the Bengals in spectacular model nevertheless shedding the subsequent two. (He injured his forearm and played totally one quarter towards the Colts.) It used to be widely assumed that he’d originate towards Miami, nevertheless Saleh pulled a stunner and opted for Flacco.

Flacco would’ve been Wilson’s backup on Sunday, nevertheless that seems to be no longer going. Saleh prompt it could be in an emergency grief. He alluded to the Thanksgiving vacation, when the series of clear tests could upward thrust. If Wilson or Johnson winds up on the COVID-19 list, they’ll fly Flacco to Houston on Saturday or Sunday.

“There is a likelihood he could be there Sunday,” Saleh talked about. “We’re rolling with Josh unless this vacation season one thing else occurs, so we’re going to shuffle away that door originate.”

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