Joe Flacco will return to the active roster after a one-game absence
A New York Jets quarterback appears to be returning to active action for the second week in a row.
The team announced on Monday that Joe Flacco would be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for its Sunday showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, CBS). It’s possible that Flacco will be Zach Wilson‘s backup against the team that traded him to the Jets in exchange for a day-three draft pick.
Flacco was on the COVID list after he was deemed a close contact in the wake of fellow thrower Mike White‘s positive test, leaving them both inactive for the Jets’ 21-14 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. He previously served as the Jets’ backup quarterback during the 2020 season, starting four games in place of Sam Darnold before joining the Eagles as a free agent.
The Super Bowl MVP posted a 149.7 passer rating over three preseason appearances with the Eagles this summer and served as Jalen Hurts’ backup over the first seven games of 2021 though he did not appear in any games.
Flacco came in for White in the final stages of the Nov. 14 loss to Buffalo before starting the following week’s game against Miami while Wilson recovered from a sprained PCL. In his second stint with the Jets, Flacco has put up 338 yards and three scores with no interceptions, good for a 113.0 passer rating.
With Flacco and White missing the Texans game, practice squad representative Josh Johnson served as Wilson’s backup during his return from injury. The well-traveled Johnson briefly appeared on a two-point conversion following the Jets’ first touchdown of the day, successfully running it in to erase a two-possession deficit toward the end of the first half.
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