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Jets QB Joe Flacco is unvaccinated, but prefers to talk football instead

Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) walks on the

Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Indianapolis.  Credit: AP/Zach Bolinger

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Joe Flacco revealed that he is unvaccinated for COVID-19, but he wouldn’t divulge why to avoid being "a distraction."

Flacco, who was named starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, wore a mask throughout his Wednesday news conference.

"I definitely have my reasons," Flacco said. "I honestly probably like to talk about this topic more than anybody … But I feel like to talk about it too much and give you all of my beliefs is more of a distraction than anything. I think the most important thing is going to play the football game."

The Jets acquired Flacco from Philadelphia on Oct. 25. He did not wear a mask at his first press conference four days later. But Flacco gets tested every day because he is unvaccinated and wears a mask inside the building and in meetings.

The NFL has tightened protocols when it became known that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was unvaccinated after he tested positive on Nov. 3.

"We all know what the rules are," Flacco said. "We’ve all been told what the protocols and we’re all following the protocols. We know that when something happens, that’s what it is. Whether you believe it or not it is what it is. If you want to go out here and play the game that you love you have to do what you have to do."

Flacco, who hasn’t started an NFL game since last Nov. 22, is looking forward to leading the Jets' offense on Sunday.

"I want to play in this league," he said. "Anytime you get to go out there and get on the field you’re excited about it."

Players’ only meeting

The Jets’ defense held a players’ only meeting on Tuesday. Cornerback Javelin Guidry said players came to the facility on their off-day and talked before watching film. Veterans C.J. Mosley, Foley Fatukasi and Jarrad Davis were among the players who spoke, but Guidry said others talked as well.

"Just talking with one another about certain experiences on the field and really wanting us to lock in on what you yourself have to do just to get better," Guidry said. "When everyone does that, we’re a better football team."

The Jets’ defense has been a huge disappointment. Over the last four games, the Jets have allowed 43.8 points and 1,890 total yards.

Guidry said the defense meets every Tuesday. This time they talked about what’s going on in their lives as well as football.

"We got closer, I believe," Guidry said.

Two-minute drill

Receiver Denzel Mims remains in COVID-19 protocol. He needs two negative tests 24 hours apart to be cleared … Defensive end Kyle Phillips was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

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