After missing the last two games due to injury, Jets fans received a holiday miracle on Monday afternoon.
According to sources, Jets quarterback Mike White, who has been dealing with fractured ribs, has been cleared by doctors. He is expected to start against the Seahawks on Sunday.
White injured his ribs in the Week 14 loss to the Bills. He left that game twice after hits by Ed Oliver and Matt Milano. White tried to get cleared so he could start against the Lions and Jaguars, but around 10 different doctors declined to do so.
Zach Wilson, who was benched in favor of White after the Jets 10-3 loss to the Patriots on Nov. 20, started the last two games for the Jets. In that span, Wilson threw for 409 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Jets lost both games.
Wilson was benched in the third quarter against the Jaguars as Chris Streveler, who was elevated from the Jets practice squad hours before the game, replaced the second-year quarterback.
White went 1-2 in his three starts for the Jets. He has improved the team’s quarterback play as he has been a better decision-maker and more efficient than Wilson, throwing for 952 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 62% of his passes.
White will return to a Jets team that still has playoff aspirations despite going winless in December. With two games left in the regular season, the Jets are in ninth place in the AFC as they trail the seventh-seeded Dolphins by a game. If the Jets win their last two games and the eighth-seeded Patriots lose one of their final two games, Gang Green would qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
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