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Zach Wilson will miss a few games after the Jets quarterback suffered a sprained PCL injury against the Patriots on Sunday.
A Monday morning MRI confirmed the injury, and Wilson is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Wilson left in the second quarter of New York’s Week 7 blowout loss to the Patriots after two big hits roughed him up. He left the field under his own power but didn’t return.
Wilson was replaced by Mike White, who threw a touchdown and two interceptions in his NFL debut. White figures to be New York’s first option to replace Wilson in the starting lineup, but he’s not the only quarterback under contract with Gang Green. It would also make sense for the Jets to bring in a new arm now that they’re down one.
With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of New York’s QB options now that Wilson is sidelined.
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White went 20-32 for 202 yards, one touchdown and two picks in relief of Wilson on Sunday. His completion clip could have been worse, but White looked a tad slow playing at an NFL speed for the first time in the regular season. His first career touchdown pass only happened because Corey Davis was able to leap and corral a poor throw in traffic.
White is now the default No. 1 quarterback on New York’s roster. We’ll see if the Jets give any second thought to that in the coming days.
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Josh Johnson is on the Jets’ practice squad. He’ll presumably be elevated to the active roster for the first time this season.
A veteran whose journey has spanned multiple teams and leagues, Johnson has not played in a regular-season NFL game since 2018. However, he’s been with the Jets since the summer — this is his second stint with the organization — and he spent time with the 49ers while Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur were there. Johnson has started eight NFL games in his career.
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With the Jets down a quarterback, it makes sense for them to bring one in. Since White and Johnson already know New York’s offense, any additional arm would likely end up on the practice squad initially.
Naturally, the pickings are slim at this point in the season, but a player in this situation would likely just be an insurance policy should White or Johnson join Wilson on the injury report.