Joe Flacco to start for Jets on Sunday, with Zach Wilson backing up

Sep 18, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) warms up before the game between the Jets and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Sep 18, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) warms up before the game between the Jets and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

With Mike White out due to five broken ribs, Joe Flacco will get the start for the Jets on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in their final game of the season, reports SNY's Connor Hughes.

Zach Wilson, who was inactive last week against the Seattle Seahawks when White got the start, will back up Flacco.

Per Hughes, while White was medically cleared to play against the Seahawks, he wasn't 100 percent, and a few of the hits he took against Seattle "really did a number."

White attempted to practice on Wednesday and struggled, with Flacco getting first-team reps during practice on Thursday.

White also missed Weeks 15 and 16 with the ribs injury, with Wilson (who had been inactive for Weeks 12, 13, and 14), starting in White's place.

Speaking on Thursday, Jets OC Mike LaFleur said Wilson -- who has struggled badly this season after having a shaky rookie campaign -- would've benefited from sitting and watching in 2021-22.

"In hindsight it probably would've benefited just to sit back and learn a little bit, and watch a veteran do it, and just kind of grow in this league kind of in the back seat watching -- getting better in practice, getting better through scout team and all that," LaFleur told reporters. "But again, that wasn't the course that we went. From here, we gotta pick up the scraps and we gotta get back to work."

Hughes reported earlier this week that while the Jets aren't planning on shopping Wilson and have been "doing everything they can to create the public perception" that he can still be their future QB1, the expectation is that he will not be in position to compete for the starting job during the 2023-24 season.

Instead, the Jets are going to find a quarterback from outside the organization to be their starter.