The Jets placed Carter on the injured reserve shortly after the game knocking him out for three weeks. Now, Carter is set to make his return in Week 15.
Head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media on Wednesday and provided updates on a variety of injured players, one of whom was Carter. Saleh didn't mince words when discussing Carter's status for this Sunday's game.
"He's playing," Saleh insisted. The Jets officially designated Carter, along with tight end Tyler Kroft and defensive end Bryce Huff, to return from the injured reserve on Wednesday. All three are expected to play this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Michael Carter should provide a huge boost to the NY Jets offense
Carter was just starting to break out prior to his untimely injury in Week 11. The rookie running back had totaled 80 or more scrimmage yards in four consecutive weeks including a 172-yard performance in Week 8.
The Jets' offense struggled at times with Carter sidelined, especially once Tevin Coleman joined him on the injury list in Week 14. The Jets were forced to rely on Ty Johnson and La'Mical Perine this past Sunday and the effects were evident.
Johnson dropped three passes in the first quarter while Perine failed to make an impact. The entire offense, not just the running game, will benefit greatly from Carter returning.
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson might have the most to gain from Carter being healthy again. Wilson's return from injury coincided with Carter's absence and the two haven't played together since Week 7.
The Jets are hoping for an offensive resurgence over the final four weeks of the season, and with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis on IR, Carter might just become the centerpiece of the offense.