Report: QB Zach Wilson cleared to start vs. Texans as Jets place Joe Flacco, Mike White on COVID list

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New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson has received medical clearance to practice this week and is slated to start on Sunday against the Houston Texans, The Athletic's Connor Hughes reports

The news broke shortly before the Jets placed backup quarterbacks Mike White and Joe Flacco on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving Josh Johnson as the only other active quarterback on the roster. Flacco announced last week that he's not vaccinated. White's vaccination status isn't clear. 

How will Wilson play after layoff?

Wilson, the No. 2 pick in April's draft, hasn't played since suffering a sprained PCL in his right knee in a Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots

The Jets won their next game against the Cincinnati Bengals with Mike White playing quarterback. They've since lost three straight with White and Joe Flacco splitting starts under center. The 2-8 Jets will now look again to develop Wilson in the second half of an otherwise lost season. 

Wilson struggled in his first six NFL starts as the Jets tallied a 1-5 record. The 22-year-old out of BYU completed 57.5% of his passes for 194.7 yards per game while throwing four touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

Amercian Football - NFL - Atlanta Falcons v New York Jets - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - October 10, 2021  New York Jets' Zach Wilson during the warm up before the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Zach Willson hasn't played since suffering a sprained PCL in his right knee in a Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots. (Reuters/Andrew Boyers)
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