Jets quarterback Mike White left the game several times after being hit by the Bills defense.  He was able to come back and finish the game.

Jets QB Mike White (ribs) day-to-day

New York Jets quarterback Mike White is day-to-day with a rib injury sustained in the 20-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Monday.

White took a pair of shots to his midsection Sunday and briefly left the game each time before returning. He was taken to a Buffalo-area hospital after the game as what Saleh called a “precaution” but was able to return to New York with the team.

“It showed everyone else what we already know,” Saleh said about White’s demonstration of toughness.

The first hit occurred in the second quarter when defensive tackle Ed Oliver threw White to the ground. White missed two plays.

The second came with 4:45 left in the third quarter when he was pummeled by linebacker Matt Milano. Veteran Joe Flacco replaced White, who returned a series later but appeared to do so in some pain.

“He was brought in (to the locker room) to get evaluated, X-rays, all that stuff,” Saleh said of White. “Everything checked out good, he felt good and wanted to come back in.”

White started the season as the Jets’ third quarterback but was elevated to No. 1 because of the ineffectiveness of starter Zach Wilson and Flacco.

On the season, White, 27, has started three games and has a 1-2 record. He threw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two starts, then 268 (27-of-44 passing) against the Bills. He has completed 62 percent of his passes for 952 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Saleh said the Jets (7-6) are approaching Sunday’s home game against the resurgent Detroit Lions (6-7) as if White will start.

Also day-to-day is defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who recorded two sacks on Sunday before leaving with a calf injury in the second quarter. Saleh said Williams could be able to play against the Lions.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser (54) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Bears still ‘gathering facts’ on Justin Fields’ injury

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields left Sunday’s game with a rib injury, and it’s too early for the team to tell if the rookie will be part of the Thanksgiving Day menu at Detroit, coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

“I’m still gathering facts,” Nagy said Monday afternoon.

The Bears (3-7) are headed to face the winless Lions (0-9-1) at Ford Field on Thursday and each team is unsettled at the position.

Tim Boyle started for the Lions in place of Jared Goff on Sunday and tallied just 77 yards with two interceptions in a 13-10 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns.

Goff was sidelined by an abdominal injury.

Nagy said the uncertainty is part of the short week of preparation either way.

“Gameplan wise, you could only do so much in this short amount of time,” Nagy said. “So that’s what we got, to keep that in mind as we go, and our coaches will do a good job of that.”

Fields has bruised ribs as a result of a hit that knocked him out of the game in the second half of the Bears’ 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. He was injured during Chicago’s first possession of the third quarter. Andy Dalton finished the game.

Fields completed 4 of 11 passes for 79 yards and rushed four times for 23 yards with a fumble before exiting.

Dalton was 11-of-23 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns after entering in relief, but the veteran couldn’t prevent Chicago from losing its fifth straight game.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) pulls in a catch under pressure from Houston Texans cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.Titans Texans 2196

Report: X-rays negative on A.J. Brown’s ribs

The X-rays on A.J. Brown’s ribs came back negative Monday, but the Tennessee Titans wide receiver is undergoing further tests, according to NFL Network.

Brown, 24, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans with what was called a chest injury. He played 42 snaps before exiting with five catches for 48 yards. He also injured his hand.

Brown, 24, has 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He missed the Titans’ Week 4 game with a hamstring injury.

The Titans are already without Derrick Henry for the rest of the season and fellow WR Julio Jones for at least one more game with a hamstring injury. Jones was put on injured reserve Nov. 13.

The Titans (8-3) still lead the AFC South by two games and play at New England (7-4) this Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Brees has 11 fractured ribs

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has 11 fractured ribs, ESPN reported Saturday night.

The Saints officially placed Brees on injured reserve Friday with the injuries, including a collapsed lung. Brees sustained the injuries over the course of two weeks but he left last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at halftime and didn’t return.

ESPN reported that Brees has had additional tests done this week that revealed the 11 affected ribs (eight on the left side, three on the right), up from the original testing earlier in the week that revealed five fractured ribs.

Brees has to miss at least three games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws the ball under pressure from Las Vegas Raiders strong safety Johnathan Abram (24) in the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 37-12.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Lock (ribs) could miss Week 11

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is dealing with sore ribs and might miss the team’s Week 11 game, coach Vic Fangio said Monday.

Fangio said Lock is questionable to practice Wednesday. The Broncos (3-6) host the Miami Dolphins (6-3) on Sunday.

“There’s a chance of that, with his injury the way it is,” Fangio told reporters. “It’s an injury that is day-to-day where a lot of improvements can be made, and we’ll see how he does with it.”

Lock played the entire game Sunday in the Broncos’ 37-12 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Lock threw four interceptions though it’s not clear when he hurt his ribs.

Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel back up Lock on the depth chart. Each has a start this season when Lock missed time with a shoulder injury.

Lock now has 10 interceptions on the season to go with seven touchdowns and a meager 55 percent completion rate. Fangio talked postgame about the team’s commitment to Lock despite the struggles.

“We’re committed to Drew — the more he can play, the better he’ll be,” Fangio said after the loss Sunday. “… He’s got to fight through this … and we’re going to continue to play him.”

The Broncos took Lock in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) smiles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Brees (rib contusion) expected to miss time

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion against the San Francisco 49ers and the team is bracing for the 79,000-yard passer to miss some time, NFL Network reported Monday.

Brees is having an MRI on Monday for cartilage damage.

Brees, 41, did not play in the second half after he absorbed a big hit before halftime from 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street. Jameis Winston replaced Brees at quarterback to start the second half, and the Saints pulled away for a 27-13 win.

“I was not going to be able to be effective (in the second half),” Brees said after the game. “It had nothing to do with pain. It was definitely just what my body was going to be able to do or not be able to do.”

Brees has also contended with a shoulder issue that has limited him in practice in recent weeks.

Brees has completed a league-best 73.5 percent of his passes for 2,196 yards with 18 touchdowns against three interceptions this season. He has thrown for 79,612 yards and 565 TDs for his career.

New Orleans (7-2) hosts the Atlanta Falcons (3-6) this Sunday.

–Field Level Media