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Zach Wilson could start at QB for Jets on Sunday if his knee responds

Zach Wilson #2 of the Jets walks off

Zach Wilson #2 of the Jets walks off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Robert Saleh isn’t ready to announce who will start at quarterback for the Jets on Sunday against the Dolphins.

If Zach Wilson’s sprained right knee is fully healthy, he’s expected to regain his role as the starter, with Mike White returning to being the backup. But Saleh said he has to see where Wilson is "mentally and physically" after a tough workout before Sunday’s game.

"I’ve been digesting so much stuff this morning that I haven’t even gotten to the quarterback part of it yet," he said. "I’ll have a much better idea Wednesday."

Wilson was slated to miss two to four weeks when he suffered the injury Oct. 24 against the Patriots. He went through a full practice Friday. Barring a setback, he could be running first-team reps on Wednesday.

White, who started the last three games, had an awful outing Sunday, throwing four interceptions and no touchdown passes in a 45-17 loss to the Bills. Had he played well, the Jets might have gone with him another week whether Wilson was healthy or not.

"I still got a lot of confidence in Mike," Saleh said. "This market fascinates me in the sense that he was anointed the next coming after one game and now everyone wants to throw him away. He deserves better than that   . . . I haven’t lost faith in Mike at all."

Becton’s return delayed

Second-year left tackle Mekhi Becton isn’t close to returning from a knee injury he suffered in Week 1. Saleh said Becton is another "one to three weeks" away from returning to practice, and his size has something to do with it.

The 6-7, 365-pound Becton had surgery Sept. 21, eight weeks ago Tuesday. The original timetable was four to eight weeks. Saleh said Becton is "still working through some things" but the Jets are "confident" he will return this season.

"He’s a very, very large man on a knee," Saleh said. "It’s just his body’s makeup. Everyone heals differently. Mekhi is just taking a couple of extra weeks. Just a bigger body, bigger human."

There were questions about Becton’s shape and conditioning even before the injury. Saleh said he will need time to get back in shape because he has not been running.

Corner down

Rookie starting cornerback Brandin Echols will miss three to five weeks after suffering a quadriceps injury Sunday.

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