New York Jets team doctors are not clearing quarterback Mike White for contact before Sunday’s game, which means Zach Wilson will start against the Detroit Lions, the coach announced Friday. Robert Saleh.
White suffered an unspecified rib injury in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. He wanted to play and practiced, but the Jets doctors did not agree to leave him on the field.
“Mike White, who is an absolute warrior and has done everything he can this week to find another option to get him on the football field, to find someone who will allow him to get in touch, said exhausted all possible measures because he wants to be there for his teammates,” Saleh said.
Consequently, Wilson, who has been inactive for the past three weeks after being benched, is back as the Jets’ starter as they look to snap a two-game losing streak and keep their hopes alive. playoffs on track.
Saleh called it a “great opportunity” for Wilson to return to the starting role.
White was injured in the 20-12 loss to the Bills on a crushing blow by Buffalo linebacker Matt Milano. White left the game twice but returned to finish the contest, impressing his teammates and coaches with his tenacity, before heading to a Buffalo area hospital for a precautionary CT scan.
Saleh said the Jets would reassess White’s injury on Monday, but acknowledged it would be a short turnaround with New York hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
Wide receiver Corey Davis (concussion) was also ruled out, while Saleh said defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (calf) remains 50-50 to play.
Earlier this week, Wilson was promoted to No. 2 quarterback behind White. Wilson said Wednesday he still believes he is the Jets quarterback of the future.
“I really believe in myself,” Wilson said. “Of course I have all the confidence in the world – I think that’s how it should be – but you have to be able to prove it.”
Prior to being benched, Wilson had gone 5-2 as a starter but completed 55.6% of his NFL-worst passes (105 for 189) with four touchdowns and five interceptions. White is 1-2 as a starter, completing 80 of 129 passes (62%) for 952 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
According to ESPN Analytics, a win over the Lions would give the Jets a 34% chance of making the playoffs. Their odds would drop to 14% if defeated.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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