Doctors Won’t Clear Mike White (ribs) to start Sunday; Zach Wilson upgraded to QB1

Update: After visiting way too many doctors (reportedly around 10), Mike White has not been cleared to start. That means Zach Wilson is back under center. While it’s rare that guys don’t get cleared in situations like this, there’ clearly something doctors are worried about. The ribs protect vital organs within the chest. When there is damage it can put those organs in danger, depending on the location and severity. It isn’t always a pain management issue.

Jets’ QB Mike White is scheduled to start this week against the Lions despite suffering a rib injury against the Bills in Week 14.

White took multiple big hits in last Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Twice he was forced to leave due to rib and chest pain, and when he was on the field he was visibly in pain. He managed to finish the game, but left Highmark Stadium in an ambulance so he could be examined for internal injuries at the local hospital. White received medical clearance and was able to fly back with the team.

He was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but said after Thursday’s session that there was no doubt he would play this week.

“I feel good. Just kind of general soreness from playing football and being hit, but I feel good.”

Rib injuries generally come down to pain management, so if he feels ready to play in Week 15 he should be able to. That being said, our algorithm predicts this is a Grade 1 rib injury – considering there have been no reports of fractures or cartilage damage – which gives him a Low Injury Risk (4%) and an Above Average Health Performance Factor (78%). He is currently four days away from Optimal Recovery.

White has looked good since taking over the starting QB position, with 952 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in three starts. He’s completing 62% of his passes and is only 327 yards and one touchdown behind Zach Wilson (1,279 yards and 4 touchdowns) in terms of leading the team statistically.

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