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Jets Q&A:  Will Zach Wilson be back next week?

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson passes during the first

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson passes during the first half of an NFL game against the Titans on Oct. 3 at MetLife Stadium. Credit: AP/Bill Kostroun

Will Zach Wilson return this week?

Barring any type of setback, the rookie quarterback should return for the Jets’ game in Houston on Sunday.

When Wilson sprained his right knee Oct. 24, the timetable was two to four weeks.

He has missed four games, but he’s been practicing and working out.

The Jets want to see how he responds to Sunday’s session before making a decision.

"He worked out pretty good again this morning," coach Robert Saleh said. "We’ll feel him out over the next two days to see where he’s at mentally and physically."

Why did the Jets make a change at right guard?

They benched Greg Van Roten, a former Chaminade standout, and replaced him with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. The Jets acquired Duvernay-Tardif from Kansas City for tight end Daniel Brown just before the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

Van Roten has struggled at times this season, and when the Jets traded for Duvernay-Tardif, the belief was that he eventually could start.

"Just giving him a chance to go out there," Saleh said. "GVR’s been playing his butt off. It’s just a chance for us to get LDT in there and see if we can get some production from that right guard spot."

What other changes did Saleh make?

Linebacker Quincy Williams started for Jarrad Davis. Isaiah Dunn started at cornerback, replacing Javelin Guidry, who replaced Brandin Echols (on IR). Port Jefferson product Elijah Riley started at safety.

Saleh said Davis, who missed the first six games with an ankle injury, isn’t "all the way back yet." They wanted to scale back his reps. They went with the bigger Dunn to defend Miami tight end Mike Gesicki, and Saleh said they like what Riley has shown the past two weeks since he was signed from the Eagles’ practice squad.

What did Saleh think of Joe Flacco’s intentional grounding, Jason Pinnock’s defensive holding and John Franklin-Myers’ roughing-the-passer penalties?

Saleh said Flacco’s was "a miscommunication with the receiver. That one is unfortunate." Pinnock was "being aggressive with a big tight end. I’ll never fault aggressive penalties."

Franklin-Myers’ penalty, on the other hand, was "unacceptable."

Why did the Jets take a delay of game before Matt Ammendola could attempt a 56-yard field goal and why did the offense burn two timeouts in the third?

Saleh said: "The delay on the field goal was just trying to get more yards so we can play the field position battle. A 56-yarder, I just didn’t want to take a chance at it.

[Ammendola] missed one earlier.

"As far as the substitution errors and the two timeouts that we had to burn from a substitution standpoint, that’s coaching. That is something we have to get fixed."

How serious is Michael Carter’s injury?

The rookie running back left the game early in the third quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return. Saleh said Carter will be evaluated and the Jets will know more on Monday. Linebacker C.J. Mosley was evaluated during the game for a head injury but was cleared to play and returned.

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