Chicago Sun-Times

Jets: Flacco will start at QB against Browns


The Jets are sticking with Joe Flacco as their starting quarterbac­k against the Browns on Sunday.

Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision Wednesday to stay with Flacco this week despite a less than inspired performanc­e by the 37-year-old quarterbac­k and the rest of the offense in a 24-9 loss to Baltimore in the regular-season opener.

“There were a lot of things that we as a team could have done to help out a lot during the game, too,” Saleh said. “We’ll give it another run and I think Joe will be a lot better.”

Flacco, starting for the injured Zach Wilson, was 37 of 59 for 307 yards and one touchdown — in the game’s final minute — with one intercepti­on. Flacco was sacked three times and hit 11 times behind a shuffled offensive line.

NFL: Caps cut concussion­s

Guardian Caps helped reduce the number of concussion­s among NFL players mandated to wear the padded helmets during training camp, according to data from the league.

Offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and linebacker­s were required for the first time to wear Guardian Caps during practice between the start of training camp until the second preseason game.

The average number of concussion­s among those positions groups dropped from 23 over the previous three-year period to 11 this summer. Of those 11 concussion­s, six were results of a blow to the face mask, which doesn’t have added protection.

Injury updates

Justin Simmons’ 66-game starting streak will end this weekend after the Broncos’ captain and star safety sustained a thigh injury in the season opener at Seattle. Simmons was placed on injured reserve, sidelining him at least a month.

† Steelers running back Najee Harris expects to be available when Pittsburgh welcomes New England on Sunday.

Harris injured his left foot late in last week’s 23-20 overtime victory over Cincinnati. Harris’ leg was heavily wrapped in the aftermath, but he was a limited participan­t in practice on Wednesday.

† Patriots quarterbac­k Mac Jones was a full participan­t in practice on Wednesday after sustaining a back injury against Miami.

† Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been declared out for Thursday night’s game against the Chiefs because of a hamstring injury.

† Giants starting cornerback Aaron Robinson had his appendix removed on Wednesday and he will miss New York’s home opener Sunday against the Panthers.

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