NEW YORK – Jets safety Marcus Maye will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Maye was injured early in the third quarter of the Jets’ 45-30 loss at Indianapolis on Thursday night on a no-contact play. Testing confirmed the severity of the injury, which coach Robert Saleh announced on Friday.
The 28-year-old safety took a few steps back in high school before pushing forward on Jonathan Taylor’s 2-yard dash. He immediately went down to the grass and grabbed the back of his right leg.
“It’s heartbreaking,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “He’s the communicator back there. He’s the general.”
Leaning on my faith. Pray for me and wish the best for me! I love my teammates more than you know! Hold it down! I’ll be fine, God got me! 🙏🏾
– Marcus Maye (@alldayMAYE) November 5, 2021
The Jets received positive news about the injuries of quarterback Mike White, who left the game in the first quarter with a right forearm injury. Saleh said a bruised nerve that made White feel numb in the fingers of his pitching hand felt better late in the game, and it looks promising for him to practice next week.
White was starting his second straight game in place of rookie Zach Wilson, who Saleh said is also on track to practice next week. The coach said the team will see how the quarterbacks feel and practice before determining who will start against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 14.
Tight end Tyler Kroft is on injured reserve with a chest injury sustained in Indianapolis.
Maye’s injury could mark the end of her tenure with the Jets. He is playing this season on franchise tag after he and the team failed to agree on a long-term contract in the offseason. He could become a free agent after this season, but now he will also have to deal with Achilles tendon rehab.
Despite receiving interest, Maye remained with the Jets after the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday. New York could choose to wear the franchise tag again on Maye, who was a second-round pick for Florida in 2017 and is the longest-serving player on the team.
“For Marcus, I’ve seen this story sadly too many times in this league,” Saleh said. “It’s never good at first. It sucks. But the one thing with Marcus is that he’s a young man, he’s terribly mentally minded, and he’s made of sand. His journey isn’t over, his story isn’t over.”
Maye is also dealing with legal issues stemming from her February DUI arrest in Florida, which the team recently learned about after an ESPN report. He could face suspension from the NFL, which is reviewing the case under its personal conduct policy, and discipline from the Jets for failing to inform them of the incident.
“I’m definitely sorry,” Maye said two weeks ago. “You know, I learned from that, I owned everything. I just have to move on.”
The Jets are in a tough spot on safety with Maye out and Lamarcus Joyner lost earlier this season with a torn triceps. Second-year safety Ashtyn Davis has been starting in Joyner’s absence the last few games, with Sharrod Neasman and Jarrod Wilson also on the roster.