Feb 4, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Seattle Seahawks tackle Duane Brown (76) during NFC practice at the Las Vegas Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets LT Duane Brown (shoulder) out Sunday, IR possible

New York Jets starting left tackle Duane Brown will miss Sunday’s opener against Baltimore with a shoulder injury.

Coach Robert Saleh confirmed the veteran’s status Friday and said there’s a chance Brown will land on injured reserve.

The Jets signed Brown, 37, on Aug. 11 after losing Mekhi Becton for the season with a fractured right kneecap.

Conor McDermott is listed as the No. 2 left tackle on New York’s depth chart, but he has been limited in practice this week with an ankle injury. Rookie Max Mitchell, a fourth-round draft pick, is another option.

Rolling out a patchwork offensive line against the Ravens is not an ideal situation with 37-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco under center. Flacco is starting against his former team because Zach Wilson is sidelined for at least three games with a knee injury.

Brown is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has started all 203 of his NFL games over 14 seasons with the Houston Texans (2008-17) and Seattle Seahawks (2017-21).

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) throws against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets to send Joe Flacco up against Ravens in opener

The Baltimore Ravens will face off against their past Sunday, when they open the season against the New York Jets.

Joe Flacco, who led the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2013, was named Jets starter at quarterback over the injured Zach Wilson.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be forever linked with Flacco, the team’s first draft pick in Harbaugh’s first year in Baltimore in 2008. Flacco, who was taken 18th overall, then needed a handful of seasons before leading the Ravens to their second title when he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.

Flacco led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his first five years in Baltimore, ultimately going 10-5 as a starter in six postseason trips.

But in 2018, Flacco injured his hip against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9. It opened the door for then-rookie Lamar Jackson to become the starter. Jackson didn’t relinquish the spot, even when Flacco, the Ravens’ starter for the past 11 seasons, returned to health.

Flacco was traded to the Broncos in 2018, and after stints with the Jets (2020) and Eagles (2021), he signed a one-year, free-agent deal with the Jets this past March.

Flacco, who has never faced Baltimore, replaces Wilson, who returned to practice on Monday for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee that he sustained against the Eagles on Aug. 12.

Jets coach Robert Saleh said Wilson won’t return until a Week 4 game at Pittsburgh at the earliest, meaning Flacco will have an AFC North reunion tour considering the Jets face the Browns and the Bengals before facing the Steelers.

“We’re rolling with Joe,” Saleh said, adding Wilson won’t be placed on injured reserve. “He’s been preparing. He’s frickin’ awesome. I’m really excited for him and his opportunity. Even at 37, I know that it’s in the back of his head. He’s getting the chance to play Baltimore and all these different things.”

In two seasons with New York, Flacco has played in seven games, including five starts, completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards, nine TD passes and three interceptions.

But Flacco has lost seven straight starts – all five with the Jets and the last two with the Broncos – and hasn’t won as a starter since leading the Broncos over the Titans 16-0 on Oct. 13, 2019.

“We have to defend their offense, and Joe’s ability to play in that offense, and that’s really what we’re looking at,” Harbaugh said. “We talked about it (and) anticipated that Joe would be the guy.”

On Sunday, Flacco will get a showdown with the QB who replaced him in Baltimore. Jackson, the NFL MVP in 2019, will make his much-anticipated return to the lineup since missing the final four games last season following a bone bruise in his right ankle in a Week 13 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m not going against (Flacco), the defense is,” Jackson said. “I’m going against the Jets’ defense, but he meant a lot (to me).”

The Ravens, who were 8-5 through 13 games, lost their final four games with Tyler Huntley under center and finished 8-9. They missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

Jackson completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last season. That was in addition to rushing for 767 yards and two scores on 133 carries, but he missed out on gaining 1,000 yards on the ground for the first time in three seasons.

Jackson might not be the only Ravens’ starter returning from injury.

Ronnie Stanley, the team’s All-Pro left tackle who hasn’t played since having ankle surgery after a Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last season, returned to practice for the first time on Monday. He was limited Wednesday and is expected to be a game-time decision.

Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons, with the Ravens finishing in last place in the AFC North and the Jets dropping five of their last six games to finish 4-13 and in last place in the AFC East.

–Field Level Media

Wide receiver Denzel Mims during the opening day of the 2022 New York Jets Training Camp in Florham Park, NJ on July 27, 2022.

Opening Of The 2022 New York Jets Training Camp In Florham Park Nj On July 27 2022

WR Denzel Mims asks Jets for trade or release

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims asked to be traded or released on Thursday.

A second-round pick in 2020, Mims has 31 catches for 490 yards and no touchdowns in 20 games over his first two seasons.

Agent Ron Slavin issued a statement explaining his 24-year-old client’s position.

“It’s just time. Denzel tried in good faith but it’s clear he does not have a future with the Jets,” the statement read. “Denzel vowed to come back better then (sic) ever this season and worked extremely hard in the offseason to make that happen. Still, he has been given no opportunities with the starting offense to get in a groove with them.

“We feel at this point a trade is our only option, since the Jets have told us repeatedly they will not release him. (General manager) Joe Douglas has always done right by Denzel and we trust he will do everything in his power to find another team where Denzel can be a contributor.”

Mims is listed as one of the second-team receivers on the Jets’ official depth chart, behind starters Corey Davis, Braxton Berrios and Elijah Moore.

Mims caught two passes for 25 yards in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He added three catches for 43 yards in Monday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Mims is due to earn a base salary of $1.1 million in the third season of his four-year rookie contract in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets QB Zach Wilson has meniscus injury, out 2-4 weeks

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson sustained a meniscus injury and a bone bruise in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks, The New York Post reported Saturday.

Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. Per the report, he will undergo a procedure to repair the meniscus injury, which is not a complete tear, providing a second doctor confirms the diagnosis.

The injury occurred in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

He was taken to the locker room shortly after and replaced by Mike White. The Jets went on to win 24-21.

Prior to exiting the game, Wilson completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards with an interception. He added 7 yards on one carry.

Wilson, 23, is entering his second season with New York after recording 2,334 passing yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his rookie campaign. He missed four games with an injury to his right knee.

The Jets open the season at home on Sept. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Should Wilson not be able to start that game, the Jets could turn to White or veteran Joe Flacco.

White made three starts for the injured Wilson last season and was 1-2. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games.

Flacco, who won a Super Bowl and played 11 seasons with the Ravens, lost his only start last year in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. He completed 27 of 42 passes with three TDs and no interceptions in two games.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown (76) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pro Bowl OT Duane Brown visiting Jets

Five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Duane Brown visited the New York Jets on Saturday, NFL Network reported.

The veteran free agent, who turns 37 later this month, started all 17 games for the Seattle Seahawks last season.

Brown was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last month for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon.

He was booked on a misdemeanor charge and released after posting a $10,000 bond.

A first-round pick by Houston in 2008, Brown has started all 203 of his regular-season games with the Texans (2008-17) and the Seahawks (2017-21)

He was traded from the Texans to the Seahawks in 2017 and signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract extension with Seattle in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa State running back Breece Hall (RB17) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets RB Breece Hall set to sign rookie deal

New York Jets second-round draft pick Breece Hall is expected to sign his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 21-year-old running back from Iowa State reported with the other rookies to the team facility for training camp on Tuesday morning.

Hall was the last remaining unsigned selection from the Jets’ seven-player draft class. New York drafted three times in the first round, selecting cornerback Ahmad Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson and linebacker Jermaine Johnson.

Hall, chosen 36th overall, rushed for 3,941 yards and 50 touchdowns in 36 games at Iowa State from 2019-21. He added 82 receptions for 734 yards and six scores.

–Field Level Media

New York Jets introduce all three of their 2022 first-round NFL Draft picks. Garrett Wilson during a press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ on Friday April 29, 2022.

Jets 1st Round Draft Picks 2022

Report: Jets sign 10th overall pick WR Garrett Wilson

The New York Jets agreed to a $20.55 million rookie deal with wide receiver Garrett Wilson on Wednesday, ESPN reported.

The four-year, fully guaranteed contract for the 10th overall pick out of Ohio State means the Jets have signed all three of their first-round selections.

Wilson, 21, posted 10 100-yard receiving games over three seasons with the Buckeyes, including each of his final three games in 2021.

The two-time All-Big Ten selection caught 143 passes for 2,213 yards and 23 touchdowns in 34 games (19 starts) from 2019-21.

New York previously signed cornerback Ahmad Gardner (No. 4 overall pick) and linebacker Jermaine Johnson (No. 26) to rookie contracts.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (86) reacts after running with the football against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Jets release veteran TE Ryan Griffin

With new options at the tight end position, the New York Jets released Ryan Griffin on Monday.

The Jets signed two tight ends, C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, during the offseason. That pushed Griffin down the depth chart and led to the team’s decision to sever ties.

The 32-year-old UConn product spent the past three seasons in New York. He had 27 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns last season.

In 119 career games (67 starts) with the Jets and Houston Texans, Griffin has 206 catches for 2,158 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Houston drafted Griffin in the sixth round (No. 201 overall) in 2013.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein (2) against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jets sign veteran K Greg Zuerlein

The New York Jets announced the signing of veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein on Saturday. Terms were not disclosed.

He spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after eight years with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.

Zuerlein, 34, converted 29 of 35 field-goal attempts and 42 of 48 extra-point tries in 16 games with Dallas in 2021.

In 151 games, he has made 82.2 percent of his field goals (264 of 321) and 95.8 percent of his PATs (339 of 354).

A sixth-round pick by the Rams in 2012, Zuerlein earned All-Pro honors and made the Pro Bowl in 2017. He kicked a career-long 61-yard field goal in 2015.

Matt Ammendola and Eddy Pineiro made a combined 21 field goals for the Jets in 2021. Only the Seattle Seahawks (17) and Cleveland Browns (16) had fewer.

Zuerlein’s signing sets up a potential kicker battle this offseason as Pineiro, a restricted free agent, received a $2.43 million contract tender from the Jets earlier this month.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA;  New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) pre game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets working to keep backup QB Joe Flacco

The New York Jets reportedly want veteran Joe Flacco to return as Zach Wilson’s backup quarterback in 2022.

ESPN reported Wednesday that the Jets are in talks with the 37-year-old free agent about a new contract.

Flacco is 0-5 as a starter with New York over the past two seasons, completing 101 of 176 passes for 1,202 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

He spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, winning a championship in Super Bowl XLVII, before going to the Denver Broncos in 2019 and the Jets in 2020.

Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, started 13 games as a rookie (3-10 record) and completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 2,334 yards with nine TDs and 11 interceptions. He rushed for 185 yards and four scores.

The ESPN report said the Jets also want to retain restricted free agent quarterback Mike White, who was 1-2 as the starter in 2021. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight picks.

–Field Level Media