Jets await word on Wilson’s health, but Siemian could make 2nd straight start at QB Thursday night

The New York Jets will wait to see what Zach Wilson’s health is over the next day before he makes a decision to be the starting quarterback against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

Coach Robert Saleh said Wilson remained in the concussion protocol as of late Monday morning.

“He’s progressing,” Saleh said. “As far as the symptom assessment, I’m just going to keep it on file, but like I said, we’ll have more information (Tuesday).

“Hope, but he’s not out of the woods yet.”

With the short turnaround between games, it may be difficult for Wilson to be ready to play in Cleveland.

If he can’t go, Trevor Siemian will make his second straight start for the Jets after helping New York to a 30-28 win over Washington on Sunday.

“We’ll see how everything goes with Zach for sure,” Saleh said.

Wilson suffered a concussion in the first half of New York’s 30-0 loss to Miami last Sunday.

Siemian was 27 of 49 for 217 yards with a touchdown pass to Jason Brownlee and an interception against the Commandos in his first start in place of the injured Wilson. It was Siemian’s first start since last season while in Chicago – a loss to the Jets.

Siemian also won his first start of 2017 while in Denver, ending a personal hitting drought of six games.

“Those moments are fun,” Siemian said after Sunday’s win. “I think winning the game, winning for your teammates, your coaches and those hugs, those things, maybe I took them for granted early in my career, but there’s nothing like this. It’s a rush. I’m just happy for our guys, I’m glad to be part of the team.

“Yes, you always remember them and keep them for a while.”

Siemian was the fourth quarterback to start for the Jets, marking the second time in franchise history that they have had that many starters. The season started with Aaron Rodgers under center, but he tore his left Achilles tendon four shots into his debut. Wilson and Tim Boyle struggled to consistently run an offense that ranked last or near the bottom of the league in several categories all season.

Saleh, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and general manager Joe Douglas were heavily criticized for building a system and roster that revolved so heavily around Rodgers. And then it seemed difficult for the Jets to turn around when the four-time NFL MVP went down so quickly.

Saleh insisted he believes the team’s approach is still “sound” and no one could have predicted the way things were going.

“When you have a Hall of Fame quarterback, you’re going to build it around his strengths, period,” the coach said. “It’s a very common thing around the league, it’s not just for the Jets. It’s the whole league. Could we have done it better? I speak for myself and the coaching staff, in terms of, “Okay, that’s our worst-case scenario, now what?” Absolutely, and that’s something we’re going to make sure we do a hell of a lot better through 2024.”

Saleh and Douglas recently received a vote of confidence from owner Woody Johnson, who told the New York Post before Sunday’s game that he had decided to stick with current football management. Saleh said he and Douglas talk to Johnson every day and the decision comes as no surprise to him.

“He’s obviously challenging us every day, but just through all of these conversations, they’re all fruitful, I guess you can tell in terms of the language and where this organization is going and the things that we need to do to move forward and be more good for 2024,” Saleh said. “I’m just focused on the moment. That’s how we’re set up as coaches, but Woody never wavers in his support for us and the things we’re trying to do.”

NOTES: TE Jeremy Ruckert is in the concussion protocol after being injured Sunday and Saleh has already ruled him out for the Cleveland game. … Saleh said the team will mostly have practice over the next two days because of the short amount of time between games.

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