NY Jets news: Mike White injury, Jets eliminated again, Kwon Alexander

Justin Fried
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The NY Jets' quarterback position has been a revolving door featuring four different players this season, and with one final game remaining, it seems as though the team has one final twist prepared.

Mike White was listed as a full participant for Wednesday's walkthrough and head coach Robert Saleh indicated earlier in the week that the team had no concerns about his status for Sunday's game. Evidently, plans may have changed.

White was downgraded to a limited participant on Thursday (another walkthrough) and was unavailable for his scheduled media session after practice. Per ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets claimed that White was "tied up with something."

It's unclear if this means that White's status for Week 18 is in doubt, but after he clearly battled through injury this past Sunday, it's worth considering if the Jets would hold him out to prevent further injury in a relatively meaingless final game.

If White is unable to play, it seems more likely that the Jets turn to Joe Flacco instead of Zach Wilson. The Jets don't want Wilson anywhere near a live game right now, so we might see more Flacco and Chris Streveler than the former No. 2 overall pick.

White's status is very much worth monitoring on Friday.

Other NY Jets news

The Jets were eliminated from the playoffs...again

The Jets were officially eliminated from playoff contention this past Sunday following their loss to the Seattle Seahawks. However, a brief glimmer of hope was provided on Thursday when the notion of adding an eighth playoff team to each conference was proposed.

The idea behind the proposal was to mitigate the effect of having the No. 1 seed in the conference following the canceled game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week.

Ultimately, the NFL opted to go with a different, more complicated (but also probably fairer) proposal. That means any hope Jets fans had of miraculously sneaking into the postseason after all was dashed.

The Jets won't be making the playoffs this season. The 12-year playoff drought marches on.

Kwon Alexander's remarkable streak of durability

When the Jets signed Kwon Alexander this summer, they likely did so with the understanding that expecting him to play a full season was a bit optimistic.

After all, in seven NFL seasons prior to 2022, Alexander had only played more than 12 games once — that coming all the way back in 2016. Alexander's extensive injury history is one of the primary reasons why his market was rather thin this offseason.

But as SNY's Connor Hughes pointed out on Thursday, Alexander managed to avoid injury this season. If and when he suits up on Sunday, he will have appeared in all 17 games for the Jets this season — a remarkable feat for any player in today's NFL, let alone a player with an injury history as long as Alexander's.

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Hughes suggested that the Jets should look to re-sign him this offseason, and it's hard to disagree. The Jets could make some changes to their linebacker room, but Alexander deserves serious consideration. He's had a good year, all things considered.

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