New York Jets team doctors are not clearing quarterback Mike White for contact ahead of Sunday’s game, meaning Zach Wilson will get the start against the Detroit Lions, coach Robert Saleh announced Friday.
White suffered an unspecified rib injury during Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. He has wanted to play and has practiced, but Jets doctors are not signing off to let him on the field.
“Mike White, who is an absolute warrior and has been doing everything he can this week to find another option to get him on the football field, to find someone who will clear him for contact, has exhausted every measure he can because he wants to be out there for his teammates,” Saleh said.
Therefore, Wilson, who has been inactive 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 playoff hopes on track.
Sources: Jets doctors will not clear QB Mike White for contact before Sunday’s game vs. Detroit and thus Zach Wilson will start against the Lions. White wanted to play and has practiced but Jets doctors are not signing off. Thus, Wilson is back as the Jets’ starting QB. pic.twitter.com/mq3zEKwyw7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2022
#Jets coach Robert Saleh announces that QB Zach Wilson will start with this week, with QB Mike White not healthy enough to go. So, it’s back to the first-rounder.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2022