Zach Wilson Remains In Concussion Protocol; Jets To Start Trevor Siemian In Week 17

Coming off a high-scoring win on Sunday, the Jets will have the same quarterback situation on a short week. Head coach Robert Saleh announced on Tuesday that Zach Wilson is out for New York’s upcoming Thursday night contest, meaning Trevor Siemian will get a second straight start.

Wilson exited the Jets’ Week 15 game due to a concussion, and he remains in the protocol. The former No. 2 pick’s latest departure from the lineup – which itself came not long after he was placed back atop the depth chart – paved the way for Siemian to handle starting duties. He joined the team in September amidst their search for an Aaron Rodgers replacement.

That has ultimately resulted in an audition period in the No. 1 role. Seeing his first full game atop the depth chart against the Commanders, Siemian went 27-for-49 for 217 yards and two touchdowns while throwing one interception. A game which appeared to be comfortably in hand for New York came down to a last-minute field goal to give the team the win. Siemian will have plenty of room for improvement on Thursday, although the Browns’ defense represents a much stiffer challenge than that of the Commanders.

Wilson was set to finish out the season as the starter after being reinstalled as the No. 1 option (due to Rodgers’ efforts to recover from an Achilles tear falling short), but his concussion has put that plan on hold. It would come as a surprise if Wilson was still in New York by the start of the 2024 season, although his play this year and this latest missed time has certainly not helped any trade value he may have.

The Jets are out of postseason contention, but the Browns are one of three teams still eligible to claim the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The opening contest of Week 17 thus has signficant playoff implications as New York prepares to hand the reins to Siemian for at least one more game.

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