NY Jets QB Joe Flacco expected to be inactive in Week 8

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When the NY Jets made the decision to trade for quarterback Joe Flacco earlier this week, many assumed that he would step in as the team's starting QB some time in the near future.

With rookie Zach Wilson sidelined with a knee injury for at least the next few weeks, Flacco was brought in to help solidify the quarterback position.

However, don't expect him to play this week.

Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Wednesday and indicated that Flacco would "most likely" be inactive for this Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Saleh said that Flacco is not expected to participate in practice until Friday due to personal reasons, but he will take part in all meetings. The Jets were aware of this before making the trade, per Saleh.

Saleh made it clear that Mike White was the team's starting quarterback and seemed to suggest that will be the case even once Flacco is ready to go.

The NY Jets will not start Joe Flacco at quarterback in Week 8

The Jets send a conditional sixth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Flacco on Monday following Wilson's injury.

The organization actually wanted Flacco back in the offseason, by most accounts, and the two sides were in contact. However, Flacco chose to sign with the Eagles, likely because he saw them as a better landing spot.

Now, Flacco is back in New York after spending the 2020 season as Sam Darnold's primary backup.

Flacco started four games in 2020 throwing for 864 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions, losing all four contests.

The Jets brought in Flacco, not only to serve as insurance at the position following Wilson's injury, but to double as a mentor for the young quarterback. Something many believed they should have done from the onset of the season.

For the time being at least, it will be the Mike White show with journeyman Josh Johnson potentially serving as his backup this Sunday.

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Joe Flacco will have to wait until at least Week 9 to make his Jets re-debut.