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    Lions vs. Jets NFL Week 15 injury report, odds: Detroit now favored on spread with Mike White out, Zach Wilson to start for New York

    The Jets will start Zach Wilson at QB Sunday vs. Detroit with Mike White not cleared.
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    The big NFL news thus far today is that New York Jets quarterback Mike White, who has won over the fan base and the locker room after replacing the ineffective Zach Wilson as the starter, will not be cleared from a ribs injury by doctors to play Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions. Wilson will get the call. That news has moved the spread from Jets -1.5 at Caesars Sportsbook to Lions -1.

    White took a vicious hit to the ribs from Bills linebacker Matt Milano in last Sunday's 20-12 loss in Buffalo and missed a series before returning. He finished 27-for-44 for 268 yards with no touchdowns or picks. Afterward, White boarded an ambulance for a trip to the hospital for what head coach Robert Saleh said was for precautionary reasons. He wanted to play and practiced on a limited basis this week, but Jets doctors have not cleared him to take the field.

    Wilson was such a mess in his most recent game, a 10-3 loss in New England in Week 11, that he wasn't even active the past three weeks -- Joe Flacco served as White's backup (and will do so as Wilson's on Sunday). Wilson has completed just 55.6% of his passes for four TDs and five picks in seven games this year for a rating of 72.6. That is the league's worst mark among qualified QBs. 

    By comparison, White in three games this year has completed 62.0% of his passes with two 300-yard games (Wilson has one career), three TDs and two picks for a rating of 85.8.

    Wilson didn't accept any blame for the offense's inept performance in that Patriots loss and it reportedly rubbed a lot of teammates the wrong way, forcing Saleh's hand to bench the supposed future of the franchise. Saleh had been on record saying he fully expected Wilson to play again this year and that he simply needed a "reset."

    The total at Caesars dropped from 44.5 to 43.5 with the news that Wilson would play.

    More on this story to come …

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