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Jets Michael Carter out several weeks with a sprained ankle

Jets’ running back Michael Carter might prematurely end his 2021 season after leaving Sunday's game vs Dolphins with a “very mild high-ankle sprain”.

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Jets Michael Carter out several weeks with a sprained ankle
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The New York Jets, who were defeated 24-17 by the Miami Dolphins in NFL Week 11, lost their promising running back, Michael Carter, after being injured in the third quarter of the Sunday game against the Dolphins.

Following the game, head coach Robert Saleh announced that Carter will be out of action for several weeks due to a “very mild high-ankle sprain.” Saleh did not rule out the possibility of Carter being out for the rest of the 2021 season.

"We'll know more by the end of the week, but it is [a concern]," Saleh said. "It looks like it's low grade, two-to-four [weeks], two-to-three, whatever you want to call it. But ... we're going to make sure that that ankle is fully healthy before we rush him back."

Carter, the rookie out of North Carolina, currently ranks third among rookies, with 738 yards and four touchdowns from the line of scrimmage. The Jets selected the 22-year-old in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft.

Xavien Howard praises Elijah Moore

The good news for the Jets is that they have a shining wide receiver that is drawing public praise. Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard complimented Jets cornerback Elijah Moore after New York’s loss to Miami; Moore was the standout player who caught eight of the 11 passes thrown in his direction for 141 yards and one touchdown.

Howard stated that Moore will be one of the best at his position going forward. "He’s going to be special in this league," Howard said. "He’s a smaller guy. He’s a quick guy. He made some tough catches out there. I respect his game." Howard told NJ.com.

Moore’s explosive 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter made him the first Jets rookie with the most receiving yards in a single game since 1990.

Moore and the Jets travel to face the Houston Texans in Week 12 without Carter.