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Jets QB Zach Wilson expected to start Sunday at Steelers

NEW YORK — After weeks of waiting, the Jets' starting quarterback has returned.

On Wednesday, Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Zach Wilson has been cleared by his doctors and is expected to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, barring any setbacks in practice. He will practice fully Wednesday for the first time since training camp.

Wilson suffered a meniscus and bone bruise injury during the Jets’ preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 12. Wilson had surgery to trim his meniscus four days later as Joe Flacco has been starting in his place.

The Jets offense certainly could use a spark after Sunday’s 27-12 loss to the Bengals. Flacco passed for 285 yards, but he turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions.

Coming into Sunday’s game against the Steelers, the Jets (1-2) are ranked ninth in total offense. However, the team is averaging just 17.3 points per game, which is 21st in the NFL.

Wilson will try to improve on his rookie season when he passed for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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This story was originally published September 28, 2022 2:19 PM.

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