Zach Wilson, NY Jets QB, Injury, Return
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New York Jets QB Zach Wilson could return from his injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4

It appears the New York Jets will soon be getting back their starting signal-caller.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Wilson is expected to be cleared by doctors ahead of the Jets’ Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he is “in line” to start that game.

“With no setbacks and continued progress as he recovers from a meniscus tear and bone bruise in his knee, Jets QB Zach Wilson is expected to be cleared by doctors next week,” Rapoport tweeted. “That puts him in line to play against the Steelers in Week 4.”

Rapoport previously reported that “the goal” was for Wilson to return against Pittsburgh. New York ramped up Wilson’s workload in practice this past week, giving him more 7-on-7 reps than the previous week. Rapoport stated that “if [Wilson] can get through the practice week this week, then you might see him fully against the Steelers.”

This puts Wilson on track to match the initial timeline set by head coach Robert Saleh prior to Week 1. Saleh said ahead of the Jets’ season opener that the earliest Wilson could return was Week 4 against Pittsburgh.

Joe Flacco has started two games in Wilson’s absence and will start a third today against the Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco struggled mightily in the team’s opening loss to Baltimore but bounced back with a solid performance in a comeback win over Cleveland.

Today will mark Wilson’s seventh missed game out of 20 possible appearances since the beginning of last season.

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