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Mike White OUT, Zach Wilson to start Week 15 vs. Lions

We break down the news that Mike White has a ribs injury. What it means for Week 15 and beyond.

Mike White #5 of the New York Jets celebrates after catching the ball for a two point conversion during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on October 31, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Friday update: The rib injury could also psh White from playing next Thursday with the short turnaround.

Friday update: Doctors aren’t going to clear Mike White to play against the Lions this week, which will give backup Zach Wilson the start, per Adam Schefter. This is a downgrade for the offensive skill players, but a matchup with the Lions is still a good one overall.

Thursday update: Coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Mike White will practice on Thursday, per Rich Cimini. White will get in a limited practice, while Zach Wilson has been elevated to backup quarterback ahead of Joe Flacco. White is likely to play this week, but will also likely be hurting more than usual and more apt to miss time with additional shots to the mid-section.

New York Jets quarterback Mike White took two big hits in their loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. He was able to return from both, but after the game was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Monday that White is “day-to-day” with the injury, per Mike Garafolo. They are still running tests on White to gather as much info as possible, but they are preparing as if he will start against the upstart Lions on Sunday.

White has proven to be the best option at quarterback for the Jets, as Zach Wilson hasn’t taken a step forward this season and Joe Flacco is old and Joe Flacco.

Fantasy football implications for Week 15

White is needed to get the most out of the Jets skill players, especially Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis, as both have shown fantasy upside with White. If he can’t go, downgrade those two.