In terms of bright spots for the New York Jets this season, they have been few and far between. Recent weeks have seen offensive rookies Elijah Moore and Michael Carter elevate their games to a much higher level, and the two have given Gang Green reason to be hopeful about the future.
In typical Jets fashion, however, the team was dealt a significant blow to the already-struggling offense ahead of their Week 12 clash with the Houston Texans. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Carter sustained a low-grade high ankle sprain during the Jets' loss to the Dolphins. The rookie running back is expected to miss 2-3 weeks of action while he recovers.
Jets’ rookie RB Michael Carter suffered a low-grade high ankle sprain that is expected to sideline him 2-3 weeks, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 22, 2021
This season, Carter has taken over as the Jets' lead running back after starting the season in a platoon with fellow RBs Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman. The 2021 fourth-round pick had recorded at least 10 carries in each of his past six appearances prior to the game against Miami. On the year, Carter has 430 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 111 carries.
With Carter headed to the shelf, expect the ball to be back in the hands of Johnson and Coleman more frequently when the Jets travel to Houston. With fellow Jets rookie Zach Wilson unlikely to suit up in Week 12, the Jets could be without several of their offensive starters for the battle between two of the NFL's worst teams.
Just when you think things can't get worse for the 2-8 franchise, the Jets manage to find a way.