The NY Jets fell short against the Buffalo Bills in Week 14, losing by a final score of 20-12. To add injury to insult, they also lost star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams to a calf injury during the game.
Fortunately, what initially seemed to be a potentially serious non-contact injury doesn't appear to be all too significant. Head coach Robert Saleh told reporters after the game that Williams had suffered a calf injury and was considered day-to-day.
The Jets are hopeful that Williams will be able to play in the team's Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions, but at the very least, he avoided any sort of major injury. That's a sigh of relief for a Jets team that can ill afford to lose arguably their best overall player.
Other NY Jets injury news
Williams wasn't the only player the Jets lost due to injury on Sunday. Wide receiver Corey Davis left early in the first quarter with a head injury and Saleh told reporters that he remains in concussion protocol.
There's a chance that Davis will be able to play next Sunday, but he will have to pass concussion protocol before he's eligible to play. Denzel Mims would be in line to receive more snaps if Davis misses time.
Quarterback Mike White was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after the game but flew home with the team from Buffalo. He seems good to go for Sunday's game despite the beating he took in Week 14.
Cornerback Brandin Echols (quad) and linebacker Marcell Harris (ankle) are both dealing with injuries as well. Saleh said that the Jets should know more about their statuses on Monday.
NY Jets and Miami Dolphins fall in the AFC playoff picture
The Jets' loss coupled with a Los Angeles Chargers victory over the Miami Dolphins temporarily knocks Gang Green down to the No. 8 seed in the playoff picture while the Chargers slot in at the last wild card spot.
The New England Patriots play the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football and have a chance to leapfrog the Jets as well. The Jets aren't the only AFC East team falling in the standings, though.
The Dolphins' Week 14 loss puts them in a tricky situation entering next week. If the Jets defeat the Detroit Lions and the Dolphins lose on the road to the Bills, the Jets will once again reclaim a wild card spot while Miami will tumble out of the postseason.
With a difficult upcoming schedule, the Dolphins are far from locks to make the playoffs. That Week 18 Jets/Dolphins matchup could very well decide which team ultimately qualifies for the postseason.