Michael Carter Injury Update: When Will The Jets RB Return?

Written By Matt Burke on December 18, 2021
Michael Carter when will be back return injury update

The Jets are an all-time franchise when it comes to racking up lost seasons. This year ranks right up there in the futility category as New York is well on its way to finishing with a top 5 worst record in the NFL. Bright spots are hard to find but one shimmering light has been the play of RB Michael Carter. The rookie running back out of North Carolina has been a boon for fantasy football owners and many are asking when will Michael Carter be back and return to the Jets? We will dish out an update on Carter’s status and provide Jets betting info below.

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When will Michael Carter be back, return?

Update: Michael Carter is set to play Sunday against the Dolphins and Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he expects the RB to “have a significant role” in the contest.

Those looking for a status update on the RB have come to the right place. The latest regarding when will Michael Carter be back and return to the Jets is that he is eligible to play Week 15. New York placed Carter on IR Nov. 27, meaning he will miss at least three weeks. The running back is dealing with a low-grade high ankle sprain injury. Here is a timetable with a date for each week on a potential Carter return.

  • Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19 at Dolphins
  • Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. Jaguars
  • Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2 vs. Buccaneers
  • Week 18: Sunday, Jan. 9 at Bills

Most fantasy football playoffs will start Week 15 this year and it is entirely conceivable that Carter could be back by then. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted back on Nov. 22 that Carter was expected to be sidelined just 2-3 weeks. The placement on IR made certain it would be longer than that original projection, however.

Recovery time from high ankle sprains can take anywhere from six weeks to three months, according to Healthline.com. Six weeks from when Carter suffered the injury, which was Nov. 21 against the Dolphins, would be Jan. 2 – when the Jets host the Buccaneers. Given that the initial reports were that Carter’s injury was mild, a return by the Week 17 Bucs game seems like a lock. An earlier return is a strong possibility as well, even with the Jets in no hurry to bring Carter back considering they are well out of playoff contention.

Jets RBs props

Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson have gotten the brunt of the carries for the Jets in Carter’s absence. Coleman was banged up in the Jets loss to the Saints on Sunday, but Johnson had six carries for 17 yards. We will post Week 15 props for the Jets RBs below when they are made available.

Jets odds

The Jets, who are 3-10 on the season, have a current win total over under of 3.5 games at Caesars Sportsbook. New York’s pre-season win total projection was 6 wins. Getting one more win is possible for Robert Saleh’s group as they play the equally bad Jaguars in Week 16.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at TheLines.com. He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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