Zach Wilson, NY Jets, Injury, Return, Groin
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New York Jets’ Zach Wilson, John Franklin-Myers banged up but expected to play

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Wednesday prior to the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Denver Broncos to update the injury status of a few players. Two surprise names on the list were quarterback Zach Wilson (groin) and defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (calf).

Wilson did not have any limitations in practice while Franklin-Myers was unable to practice. Saleh does not expect these ailments to hinder the availability of either player for Sunday’s game. He did not mention whether the injuries were sustained in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots or in practice this week.

Linebacker Jamien Sherwood (ankle) has returned to practice in a limited capacity. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (groin) is continuing to work his way back into the fold after missing Sunday’s game.

It’s been a rough start to the season for Wilson. He is tied for the league lead in interceptions (5) with the player selected before him in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence.

Wilson will aim to get on track with a tough matchup in Denver this Sunday. The Broncos’ defense has looked much improved from last season, currently allowing the fifth-fewest points per game in the NFL (13.0).

On the flip side, the 2021 season has been a revelation for Franklin-Myers. At 24 years old, he is the youngest Jets player since John Abraham to post a sack in the team’s first two games.

Franklin-Myers has been a force creating havoc for the Jets early in the year. Per Pro Football Focus, he’s graded as the 10th-best edge defender out of 86 qualifiers this season with a grade of 81.4. He has returned to the defensive end position for the first time since his 2018 rookie season after playing on the inside for the Jets in 2020.

The Jets will take on the Broncos in Denver this Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS), looking to avoid an 0-3 start for the third straight season.

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Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]
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