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Jets QB Zach Wilson (concussion) won’t play Thursday

Dec 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) drops back to attempt a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson will not clear concussion protocol in time for Thursday’s game at the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said Tuesday.

Trevor Siemian will remain the Jets’ starting quarterback for a second straight game with Wilson and Aaron Rodgers (Achilles rehab) both out.

Wilson was hurt during a 30-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 17 shortly after returning to the starting job.

Behind Siemian on Sunday, the Jets (6-9) took a 27-7 halftime lead over the Washington Commanders, blew that lead and made a late field goal to secure a 30-28 win. Siemian was 27-for-49 passing for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Siemian, 31, has appeared in 38 career games and is 14-17 as a starter for the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Jets. He has thrown for 7,420 yards, 43 touchdown passes and 31 interceptions in his career.

The Jets are about to go up against one of their old quarterbacks, Joe Flacco, who joined the Browns (10-5) midseason due to multiple injuries at the position and has them on the brink of a playoff berth.

Saleh also ruled out tight end Jeremy Ruckert (concussion) for Thursday and said the team is monitoring kicker Greg Zuerlein due to right quad soreness.

The Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention and close their season on the road against the New England Patriots on Jan. 7.

–Field Level Media

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