After leaving the game with a forearm injury, the New York Jets expect QB Mike White to be fully recovered by the next game.
Mike White’s storybook run as the New York Jets‘ quarterback was cut short Thursday night by a first-quarter injury to his right forearm, but the team expects him to be back by next week, forcing coach Robert Saleh to make a big quarterback decision.
The Jets were dominated by the Indianapolis ColtsIndianapolis Colts in a 45-30 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium, and they also suffered a devastating defensive injury. The team is concerned that safety Marcus Maye, one of their key players, has torn his Achilles tendon, which could end his season.
“I’m sick for him,” Saleh admitted. “Things aren’t looking good.”
Maye tweeted after the game to express his gratitude and to his teammates to “Hold it down!”
On White’s final play, a 19-yard touchdown pass to Elijah MooreElijah Moore‘ tied the game at 7-7. When White returned to the sideline, his forearm stiffened and he was unable to grip the ball. White said he doesn’t know when the injury occurred, but he felt it after the scoring throw.
The sensation in his arm began to return in the fourth quarter, but the game had already been decided. Josh Johnson, the third-string quarterback, was effective in relief, throwing three touchdown passes.
“We feel good about him getting healthy over the weekend and being ready for next week,” Saleh said of White, who started for the injured Zach Wilson for the second time (sprained kneesprained kneesprained kneesprained knee). Wilson, too, should be ready for practise, which could spark a quarterback controversy.
Saleh was adamant about not showing his hand. “We’ll see,” he replied. “It’s on a day-to-day basis.”
White, the former practice-squad player who wowed the Jets and their fans last week with a 405-yard passing day in his debut, did nothing to jeopardise his job. In his brief appearance, he completed seven of eleven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He completed four passes on his second possession to lead a 75-yard touchdown drive. Then he was hurt.
“It got better as the game progressed,” White said. “It feels better now, but I couldn’t get enough effectiveness with gripping and power to help the team during the game.”
Saleh has remained tight-lipped about his quarterback plans, fueling intense speculation. Wilson, the franchise’s second overall pick, was struggling at the time of his injury. Meanwhile, White set a record for the most completions (37) by a quarterback in his debut.
“By no means is it the end of the road,” he said. “It isn’t a season-ending injury. When my number is called again, I’ll be able to play.”
White, who was already a fan favourite, called it “frustrating” because the offence had gotten off to a good start. Even after he left, the offence continued to click, totaling 486 yards. The defence crumbled, allowing the Colts to score on eight of their eleven possessions.
The injury came at the end of a hectic week for White, whose game-worn jersey from last Sunday was on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
“That’ll be something I can take my kids to see when they don’t believe I used to play in the NFL,” he said, smiling.
Johnson, who has played for 13 different teams and saw significant action for the first time since 2018, set career highs with three passing touchdowns and 317 yards but isn’t considered a starter.
In addition to Wilson, the Jets have veteran Joe Flacco,Joe Flacco, whom they acquired in a trade last week due to Wilson’s injury. He was inactive for the second game in a row. Due to the short week, Saleh believes there was insufficient practise time to prepare Flacco for a backup role.