Mike White's final pass of the night was a touchdown pass for Elijah Moore, as he injured his forearm during the play. (0:22).
FLORHAM PARK (N.J.) -- For at least one week, the New York Jets will continue to use fan favorite Mike White as their quarterback.
Robert Saleh chose White over highly-regarded rookie Zach Wilson. Wilson is currently returning from a knee injury. Saleh made the announcement Wednesday and also mentioned Wilson's injury in his decision.
Joe Flacco was acquired by the Jets after Wilson's injury. Saleh stated that Flacco will likely be in active as the Jets' backup for White on Sunday.
White, who was an injury replacement and electrified the offense, will be facing the Buffalo Bills in the first place matchup at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. White will be able to practice Wednesday despite his right-forearm injury sustained last Thursday night.
Wilson will also be able to practice after he injured his right PCL Oct. 24, on the New England Patriots' game. This injury is expected to last between two and four weeks, according to the team. Saleh, who drafted Wilson second overall, is focusing on his development.
White's unusually sharp play gives him this luxury. In his first NFL start, the former practice squad quarterback passed for 405 yards. He also set a league record (37) for the most completions by a rookie starter. This helped the Jets win a dramatic upset over the Cincinnati Bengals. White was still in recovery so he only got one quarter of his second start. After throwing a touchdown to Elijah Moore, White injured his forearm and was forced to leave the game.
White was unable to grasp the ball and felt numb in his fingers. He never returned to the game. White finished the game 7-11 for 11 with 95 yards and one touchdown. Josh Johnson, third-stringer, finished the game with a loss of 45-30 to the Indianapolis Colts.
Wilson was handed the starting position with no competition during the preseason and has now lost five out of six starts. Wilson has only completed 57.5%, with nine interceptions and four touchdowns. His QBR total is 28.0. This ranks 32nd among 33 qualified passers. Justin Fields, a rookie quarterback for the Chicago Bears, has a QBR of 27.4.
Although the offense was historically poor in the first six games of the series, it started to click as soon as White joined the lineup. It continued with Johnson. The Jets have scored 64 point in the last two games, compared to 80 in the first six.