NY Jets provide encouraging update on the Michael Carter injury

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NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Monday and provided an update on the injury suffered by running back Michael Carter in Sunday's 31-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Saleh told reporters that Carter is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury and that he will be questionable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Carter suffered what Saleh called a low-ankle sprain in the first half of Sunday's game, opening the door for undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight to make an impact in his NFL debut.

Knight went on to set a new franchise record with 103 scrimmage yards in his debut, paving the way for what was a very successful day for the Jets' ground game. While Knight provided a much-needed spark, the Jets are certainly pleased that Carter's injury isn't as serious as it could have been.

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Carter has been an integral part of the Jets' offense this season, even more so following the season-ending injury to rookie sensation Breece Hall. Despite Knight and Ty Johnson's emergence this past weekend, losing Carter would be a significant blow to the offense.

In 11 games this season, Carter has rushed for 370 yards and three touchdowns on 99 carries for a meager 3.7 yards per carry. He's also added 28 catches for 209 yards in the air.

While his efficiency is down from his rookie season, the Jets' run blocking has notably been hit-or-miss for much of the 2022 campaign. Carter remains a good running back and an important part of the offense.

If Carter is forced to miss any time, the Jets would likely continue to lean on Knight and Johnson as well as James Robinson who was a surprise healthy scratch on Sunday. Knight and Robinson would likely handle early-down duties with Johnson maintaining his third-down role.

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For now, it seems as though the Jets dodged a bullet with the Michael Carter injury. If he's forced to miss any time, it likely won't be any longer than 1-2 weeks.