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Joe Flacco expected to back up Mike White when Jets face Bills

Joe Flacco of the Jets calls a play

Joe Flacco of the Jets calls a play during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Joe Flacco is expected to suit up on Sunday and be Mike White’s backup.

Flacco has been inactive in the two games since the Jets acquired the veteran quarterback from Philadelphia. But Robert Saleh said Flacco "probably" would be the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback against the Bills.

"He is ready to go," Saleh said. "He’s been studying his butt off for the past couple of weeks."

Although Zach Wilson is practicing this week, Saleh said he wouldn’t be activated. The Jets also can’t elevate Josh Johnson from the practice squad anymore.

Johnson was brought up the last two weeks from the practice roster, which is the maximum elevations allowed for a player. The Jets would have to sign Johnson to the active roster. That’s not in the cards. Teams don’t carry four quarterbacks on the roster.

Johnson played well last Thursday in Indianapolis after replacing White, who left in the first quarter with a forearm injury. Johnson threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns.

"We’re dealing with a whole ton of injuries, so being able to get him to the 53, there’s a numbers game," Saleh said. "So with Joe, it’s basically giving him an opportunity."

The Jets reacquired Flacco from Philadelphia for a sixth-round pick after Wilson sprained his right knee in a Week 7 loss in New England. Flacco started four games for the Jets last season.

Davis returns

Corey Davis, who missed the last two games with a hip injury, said he was running around "full throttle" at practice. The Jets listed the wide receiver as limited, but he expects to play Sunday and is itching to rejoin this offense, which has scored 64 points combined in the two games he missed.

"There were times it was hard to watch," Davis said. "I’m like, ‘I wish I could be out there.’ I knew it was best for me to be on the sideline and heal up and get back this week."

Two-minute drill

Alijah Vera-Tucker (sprained toe), Shaq Lawson (hamstring) Tevin Coleman (hamstring) and Chuma Edoga (knee) were limited in practice. … Mekhi Becton (foot surgery) was on the field working with strength and conditioning staff. Saleh said last week that Becton was a couple of weeks away from returning to practice. … Offensive lineman Conor McDermott was designated to return to practice. He injured his knee in the preseason.

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