Per Schefter, veteran signal-caller Josh Johnson is “poised” to be promoted from the practice squad to back up Wilson on Sunday. Wilson has missed the last four games due to what was reported to be a strained PCL. The recovery timetable was reported to be 2-4 weeks, and he’s now four weeks past the injury. The Jets have gone 1-3 without Wilson in the lineup, and have started both White and Flacco.
In New York’s first game without Wilson, White led the Jets to a 34-31 upset victory over the Cincinnati Bengals while throwing for 405 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was injured early in the 45-30 loss to the Indianapolis Colts the next week, but returned to the starting lineup the following week and flopped. White threw for 251 yards and four interceptions in the 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Flacco then took over under center this past Sunday, and threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets fell to the Miami Dolphins, 24-17.
It’s only Tuesday, so it’s possible one or even both quarterbacks could be active for the Jets on Sunday. If not, it appears first-year head coach Robert Saleh will head to Houston with just Wilson and Johnson.
Ivan Ivan, Evan Vierling, Logan Dowhaniuk and Aidan De La Gorgendiere are among the CHL overage players being eyed by NHL teams, according to Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek.
Ivan, a 20-year-old centre with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Eagles, scored 33 goals and 90 points in 64 games this season. The native of Ostrava, Czechia, is being pursued by six teams, according to Marek.
Vierling, a centre from Aurora, Ont., is also particularly intriguing.
“[He] was once upon a time a draft pick of the New York Rangers [and] didn’t assign,” Marek said during Saturday’s 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “Tearing up the OHL [with] 95 points for the Barrie Colts. Went to Columbus [Blue Jackets] camp last season — they almost signed him. He’ll get picked up this year for sure.”
Dowhaniuk, a defenceman, was traded to the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors from the Edmonton Oil Kings in December. He potted four goals and 17 points in 39 games for the Saskatchewan club.
De La Gorgendiere, also a defenceman, enjoyed a strong season with the Saskatoon Blades, scoring 12 goals and 65 points in 65 games. His 155 career points with the Blades ties him with Wendel Clark for tenth in all-time points by a defenceman in team history.