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Jets’ Zach Wilson cleared medically, set to start against Steelers ‘hopefully this week’


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The New York Jets expect to have their franchise quarterback under center for their Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Zach Wilson, who missed New York’s first three games after suffering a knee injury during pre-seasonhas been medically cleared and will start on Sunday, according to head coach Robert Saleh.

Zach Wilson watches his New York Jets against the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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“Zach will be a full participant today,” Saleh said Wednesday.

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“If everything goes well this week, absolutely,” Salah said when asked if Wilson would start against the Steelers.

Wilson underwent surgery after sustaining a bone bruise and torn meniscus in his knee during the Jets premiere pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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With Wilson out, New York turned to veteran quarterback Joe Flacco for the first three games of the season, with the Jets going 1-2 to start the year.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson warms up before the Cincinnati Bengals game on September 25, 2022 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson warms up before the Cincinnati Bengals game on September 25, 2022 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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“It’s really exciting for him to be back on the football pitch,” Saleh said of Wilson’s return. “It’s been six weeks. And there’s a lot to do to make sure we run an effective offense. From us as coaches, to the o line, to the receivers running routes, everyone is involved. .

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“So it’s exciting to have him back there, but at the same time it’s not all about Zach. It’s about making sure we’re performing on all cylinders, like we are. should every week.”

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson and head coach Robert Saleh chat before the Cincinnati Bengals game on September 25, 2022.

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson and head coach Robert Saleh chat before the Cincinnati Bengals game on September 25, 2022.
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The Jets’ offensive line has been shaky early in the year, allowing nine sacks in the first three games.

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On Tuesday, left tackle George Fant was placed on IR with a left knee injury and will miss at least the next four games.

Pittsburgh started the season 1-2 and is without TJ Watt, who tore his pectoral muscle in Week 1.

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