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NY Jets provide positive injury update on S Elijah Riley

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Elijah Riley
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NY Jets safety Elijah Riley was carted off the field with a scary neck injury in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. The good news is that he should be okay.

Riley was injured in the third quarter in a collision with Jets teammate Kyle Phillips that left Riley initially motionless. The collision was so gruesome that CBS didn't show a replay to viewers, and players on the field kneeled as medical personnel immediately tended to Riley.

The safety was ruled out for the rest of the game, but head coach Robert Saleh gave an optimistic update on Riley's injury when speaking to reporters after the game.

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Riley traveling back with the team should be a good sign since it suggests his injury doesn't require him to stay hospitalized in Miami.

The 23-year-old defensive back was signed by the Jets off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad back in November, when the Jets lost safety Marcus Maye to a season-ending injury.

Sunday's game marked Riley's fifth start of the season, and Riley recorded three total tackles and one pass defended before leaving the game.

The Jets ultimately fell to the Dolphins in a close one-score game, but there's at least something to be grateful for in Riley's potentially non-serious injury.

New York officially has the most injured roster in the league this season, and losing Riley would be yet another tough blow to their secondary.

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Hopefully, we hear more positive updates about Riley's neck injury as the week progresses. It remains to be seen how much time, if any, he will be forced to miss.

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