FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New York Jets are putting their fading playoff hopes on the line. Zach WilsonWho will be the starting quarterback against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night?

Coach Robert Saleh, who announced the decision on Tuesday, seemed to have little choice. Mike WhiteSaleh said the rib, broken nine days ago and sitting out Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, has not been cleared by doctors.

In the last two games, they did not take White out of the game, Saleh called it a “week-by-week review.”

The Jets (7-7) have lost three straight and have only a 13% chance, according to ESPN analytics. Their position in the standings will influence next week’s quarterback selection. If they are still in contention and White is cleared for contact, it sets the stage for a big decision.

For now, Saleh is doing his best to rally around Wilson, who is off to an uneven start in a 20-17 loss to the Lions.

“There are quarterbacks throughout history that take a little longer to find their groove,” Saleh said. “So when you look at Zach, there’s a lot of things you can’t teach him. Some of the things he does, you can’t teach him.

“For him, it’s just learning his timing and rhythm aspect, the intermediate passing game and getting that consistency for four quarters. It’s great to watch him be in rhythm and hitting on all cylinders.”

Wilson, who returned from the three-game bench to face Detroit, showed the arm strength that led to the Jets taking him second overall in 2021. “He was on fire” in the first half, Saleh said.

He passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns, but missed several open receivers and threw a costly third-quarter interception. His off-target percentage (35.3) was a season high, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.

Overall, Wilson is 5-3 as a starter. In the wild quarter, the Jets also started Joe Flacco (1-2) and white (1-2)

Chances are, the Jets could have continued in White, but that changed on December 11 when he dug into the ribs of a Buffalo Bills linebacker. Matt Milan.

The Jets, who learned of White’s broken rib, still wanted to play him last week, but made a surprise announcement on Friday that Wilson would start against the Lions. Saleh White said he had not been cleared for contact by the group or outside doctors.

That hasn’t changed, apparently.

“It’s all about giving Mike an opportunity to get second opinions and make sure he and the team check all the boxes,” Saleh said. “From the coaches’ point of view, we’re letting this process play out. We’ll make a decision when everything is settled.”

In the year When Wilson was fired Nov. 23, Saleh said the idea was to get Wilson back in the lineup before the end of the season — but that’s not the case.

In other injury developments, star defensive tackle Quinn Williams Game time will be a decision, Saleh expressed his optimism about his chances after missing last week.

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