EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco, who underwent neck surgery in April, will be active for the first time Thursday night.
The former longtime Baltimore Ravens starter and Super Bowl MVP will serve as Sam Darnold’s primary backup as the Jets (0-3) face Flacco’s former team, the Denver Broncos (0-3), at MetLife Stadium.
Flacco, 35, has not played since Oct. 27 last year when he started for the Broncos. He landed on an injured reserve with a neck injury and was released by Denver after the season.
Looking for a veteran backup, the Jets signed Flacco in May and knew he would miss two or three games when he recovered.
Mike White, who saw no action in the first three games as Darnold’s backup, was released. He will probably add to the training team.
In other pregame moves, the Jets veteran cornerback Nate Hairston released. They activated wide receiver Jeff Smith from injured reserve and added three players from the training team – corner players Lamar Jackson and Javelin Guidry and wide receiver Lawrence Cager.