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Jets Q and A after Week 9 vs. Colts: Concerned about the defense?

Marcus Maye of the New York Jets leaves

Marcus Maye of the New York Jets leaves the field after an injury during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts on November 04, 2021. Credit: Getty Images/Justin Casterline

Q: Did Marcus Maye play his last game as a Jet?

A: It’s very possible. Maye suffered an Achilles injury. Robert Saleh was talking about it as if it was a season-ending injury. Maye was seen leaving the stadium wih his right foot in a walking boot and on crutches.

"I’m sick for him," Saleh said.

When asked if it was an Achilles tear, all Saleh would say was "it’s not looking good."

Maye is playing this season on a franchise tag. The Jets could tag him again next season if they can’t work out a long-term deal – which is what Maye wants. Or they could just let Maye walk.

Q: How concerned are the Jets about the defense?

A: Very, or at least they should be. They gave up 532 yards of offense, less than two weeks after allowing 551 to the Patriots.

Saleh is a former defensive coordinator, known for game-planning and getting the most out of the players. Everything also starts with the defensive line, which was supposed to be the Jets' strongest position, and they were manhandled. The Colts ran for 260 yards.

"When it comes to the run game it’s man-versus-man," Saleh said. "Obviously with the way we play, there shouldn’t be that much space. It’s as if they were moving people. We just weren’t as gap sound as we needed to be. We’ll get a good look at it and figure it out over the weekend."

Q: What’s the latest on Zach Wilson’s health?

A: He was on the field working out before the game. The Jets still are hoping Wilson, who has a sprained PCL, can resume practicing next week. They’re not sure if he will be able to play Nov. 14 against the Bills just yet.

"He’s progressing exactly like we thought," Saleh said. "There’s hope that at the very least he’ll practice next week. We’ll see how he progresses over the weekend and we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to get him on the field."

Will he start when he’s able to play?

"We’ll see," Saleh said. "Day-to-day."

Q; Why wasn’t Joe Flacco active?

A: For the second straight game, Josh Johnson was the Jets’ backup quarterback. That’s probably the way it should be since he’s been here all season – as the practice team quarterback – and is very familiar with the offense.

Johnson came in for Mike White and threw three touchdown passes, matching the total he threw in all of 2018, when he appeared in four games for Washington. That was the last time Johnson played in the NFL.

The Jets acquired Flacco from Philadelphia last week, and he said he thought he would play in one of these games. But White and Johnson have shown if healthy they deserve to play.

"Joe just got here (last) Friday so he hadn’t even been here a week yet," Saleh said. "Josh I thought he did an awesome job coming in, ran the offense exactly the way it’s supposed to be run."

Q: What did White think of his jersey and game ball from Sunday’s game being displayed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

A: He thought it was "really cool. That will be something I can take my kids to go see when they don’t believe I played in the NFL."

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