New York Jets running back Michael Carter (32) carries the ball in the fourth quarter during a Week 8 NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Cincinnati Bengals At New York Jets Oct 31

Jets RB Michael Carter (ankle) out ‘a couple weeks’

New York Jets leading rusher Michael Carter will be sidelined for a few weeks with an ankle injury.

“It’s going to be a couple weeks. He’s dealing with a very mild high-ankle sprain — low-grade high-ankle sprain,” head coach Robert Saleh confirmed Monday.

Carter has rushed for 430 yards and four touchdowns and has 32 catches for 308 yards in 10 games this season.

The 22-year-old rookie was a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Carter left in the third quarter of New York’s 24-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and was quickly ruled out. He finished with 63 yards on nine carries.

In his absence, Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson will be in line for more carries on Sunday when the Jets visit the Houston Texans in a battle of 2-8 teams.

–Field Level Media

Sep 7, 2019; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Michael Carter (8) rushes for a first down against the Miami Hurricanes during a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The North Carolina Tar Heels won 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Jets draft Michael Carter, then Michael Carter again

The New York Jets selected Michael Carter in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. And they must have liked the pick so much that they repeated it in the fifth round.

Yes, New York selected two Michael Carters on Saturday. The fourth-round pick, Michael Carter from North Carolina, is a running back. The fifth-round pick, Michael Carter II of rival Duke, is a cornerback.

The two aren’t related.

The Tar Heels’ Carter was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection and a third-team Associated Press All-American in 2020. He finished his North Carolina career in fourth place on the school’s all-time rushing list with 3,404 career yards after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

At Duke, Carter II played all over the defensive backfield and was a third-team All-ACC choice in 2020. In 46 career games (36 starts), he had 135 tackles, 7 1/2 tackles for loss, 1 1/2 sacks and four interceptions.

–Field Level Media