Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will remain on the team's roster until the end of the season after the disgruntled star was not traded before Tuesday's NFL deadline.

Watson was on the tracking block after requesting a move from the Texans in January as the three-time Pro Bowler faces 22 civil lawsuits that remain unresolved as the NFL conducts its own investigation into sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him.

The Miami Dolphins were reportedly favourites to land Watson, who was believed to have waived his no-trade clause, while the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles had also been interested.

But Watson – who has been inactive during the 2021 season – is staying put after an agreement was not reached prior to the deadline.

Topping 4,000 yards for the second time in his career as he racked up 4,823 to lead the league, Watson threw for 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.

Fifth in the NFL in air yards per attempt (9.27), according to Stats Perform data, Watson did an excellent job of balancing his aggression with smart decision-making.

Indeed, the 26-year-old threw a pickable pass on just 2.28 per cent of his attempts, the fourth-lowest rate in the NFL last term.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III is to be charged with driving under the influence resulting in the death of another person after being involved in a fatal traffic collision in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has stated that officers responded to an incident at approximately 3.39am involving a Toyota and a Chevrolet.

A deceased victim was found inside the Toyota by fire department personnel, with Ruggs identified as the driver of the Chevrolet.

The 22-year-old remained on the scene and police say he was showing signs of "impairment". He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A statement released by the NFL franchise said: "The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas.

"We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family. We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time."

Ruggs' attorneys, David Z. Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, stated: "On behalf of our client Henry Ruggs III we are conducting our own investigation as of this writing and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered."

The Raiders signed Ruggs as the 12th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Mike Tomlin said it is better for the Pittsburgh Steelers to have volunteers than hostages after they traded Melvin Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Steelers sent Ingram to the Chiefs in exchange for a sixth-round pick in next year's draft.

Ingram was in his first season with the Steelers, having spent nine years with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.

He tallied 25 pressures for the Steelers this year, third on the team behind Cameron Heyward (42) and T.J. Watt (27).

However, Ingram had reportedly stated a desire for more playing time, which he will now hope to get for a Chiefs defense that has struggled for much of 2021.

Asked about the deal, Steelers head coach Tomlin said: "I enjoyed working with Melvin. it just didn't work out the way we envisioned, the way he envisioned.

"What the team needs is first and foremost. But from a team perspective, it's better to have volunteers than it is to have hostages."

Derrick Henry faces foot surgery on Tuesday after suffering what could prove a season-ending injury in the Tennessee Titans' win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The star running back is reported to have suffered a broken bone, with Titans coach Mike Vrabel saying Henry will "work extremely hard to get back".

The Titans have leaned on Henry as the focal point of their offense for the last three seasons and his absence will come as a major setback.

Tennessee improved to 6-2 with their 34-31 overtime victory in Indianapolis on Sunday, but Henry was placed on injured reserve a day later.

"Derrick is going to have surgery in the morning [on Tuesday]," Vrabel said, quoted on the Titans' official website. "We are not going to put a timeline on when he may return.

"I know that he'll do everything that he can to work himself back, to be able to help this football team. And whenever that is, that's when it will be."

This year, Henry has produced consistency that was putting put him in position to threaten Eric Dickerson's 1984 record of 2,105 rushing yards in a single season.

He leads the NFL with 937 yards, 288 more than his nearest challenger, the Colts' Jonathan Taylor.

Henry carried the ball a league-leading 303 times in 2019 and increased that number to 379 last season, winning the rushing title in back-to-back years.

The former Alabama star had already tallied 219 rush attempts this season, putting him way out ahead in the NFL, with backup Jeremy McNichols used predominantly as a pass-catcher.

Vrabel said: "We'll have to move on unfortunately without him in the short term, and not look back. I hate to speak for our players, but Derrick is disappointed, everybody is.

"We spent a lot of time together with the coaching staff and with the players, so you never want to see any of them injured in any capacity. So I know that Derrick is going to work extremely hard to get back to do everything he can to help this football team."

Dickerson's record no longer appears to be in any danger, and the AFC South-leading Titans are likely to put an increased burden on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Henry's absence.

In the zero-sum world of the NFL, no one apologises for a win, but the Kansas City Chiefs know plenty of work remains after they pulled out a 20-17 victory over the New York Giants on Monday. 

Though head coach Andy Reid acknowledged the "good, hard-fought win – one that we needed", the defending AFC champions were left to puzzle over their 12 penalties and two more turnovers that elevated their NFL-worst season total to 19. 

For a team that went 38-10 over the last three regular seasons, clawing back to 4-4 against the struggling Giants was more a cause for relief than celebration. 

"Everything's not beautiful right now, but we're fighting through it," Reid told reporters. "You've got to fight. They didn't give up on each other. ... We'll build on that. Let's keep going."

Though Kansas City's defence played well down the stretch, the offence remains the primary source of concern. 

Through his first 48 regular-season games with the Chiefs, Mahomes averaged fewer than six yards per pass attempt only twice. He has failed to reach that mark in four of his last six games, finishing at 5.73 yards per attempt Monday after completing 29 of 48 passes for 275 yards.

The former league MVP was left searching for answers even in victory, though it sounds like it will not be a simple fix. 

"It's execution," Mahomes said. "I know I say it all the time, but we have guys open and if we're on the same page, me and the receivers with the routes, and I throw it and hit the right spot, we can move the ball on on pretty much any coverage. We have answers versus everything.

"But you've seen in every game pretty much that there's been times where we kind of stall out and we don't execute or I throw the ball and I don't hit the right spot or the receiver doesn't see it the same way that I do, or penalties or turnovers. ... 

"But I think we're going to snap out of it and we'll find a way to start executing when we do will be a tough offense to stop."

The path forward does not get any easier for the Chiefs, who host the 7-1 Green Bay Packers on Sunday. 

The Kansas City Chiefs still bear very little resemblance to the team that reached the Super Bowl in February, but they got back to even this season with a much-needed 20-17 victory over the New York Giants on Monday. 

Two fourth-quarter field goals from Harrison Butker were the difference as the Chiefs improved to 4-4 despite another sloppy display at Arrowhead Stadium. 

Kansas City turned the ball over twice, increasing their NFL-worst total to 19 this season, and nearly had another on their critical final drive before a Patrick Mahomes interception was negated by an offsides penalty on the Giants (2-6). 

Speaking of penalties, the Chiefs incurred 12 of them for 103 yards but still managed to prevail as they twice got close enough to the end zone in the final period for Butker's leg to get points on the board. 

They were fortunate to do so after losing a 14-7 second-quarter lead that came courtesy of a Mahomes-to-Tyreek Hill touchdown pass and running back Derrick Gore's first career TD in the opening half. 

After a Graham Gano field goal late in the half, Daniel Jones hit Evan Engram for a touchdown on the opening play of the fourth quarter to put the Giants on top 17-14 but that was the end of the scoring for New York. 

Mahomes completed just 29 of 48 passes for 275 yards with a touchdown and an interception while Jones was 22-of-32 passing for 222 yards with two TDs and one interception. 

 

A lot has gone right for the Tennessee Titans in 2021. With three straight wins, two against the supposed class of the AFC in the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs, and a 6-2 record, they can afford to feel extremely positive about the season to date.

But if anyone in Tennessee was plotting a deep playoff run akin to the Titans' unlikely charge to the AFC Championship Game back in the 2019 season, a huge wrench has just been thrown in those plans.

Indeed, the Titans must now deal with a significant piece of adversity following the news Derrick Henry suffered a foot injury in their Week 8 victory over the Indianapolis Colts that could keep him out for the rest of the season.

There is some hope Henry could return this campaign but the reality is they will be without the clear focal point of their offense for the majority of a run that will determine their playoff seeding, the Titans appearing destined for the postseason having taken a commanding three-game lead in the AFC South.

Gone are Henry's hopes of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, though his absence does not necessarily mean the end of the Titans' hopes of seriously contending in the AFC.

While the Titans have piled much of the offensive burden on a running back who has 288 more rushing yards than any other in the NFL, there has been enough evidence from Ryan Tannehill to suggest he can handle the increased pressure not having Henry will bring, and his connection with a third-year receiver living up to his burgeoning reputation may help him do that.

Tannehill on target

His performance in Sunday's dramatic 34-31 overtime win over the Colts was not Tannehill's finest.

Tannehill was intercepted twice in the first half, his first setting up Indianapolis' second touchdown to put the Colts 14-0.

The second pick was fumbled back to the Titans on the return, Tannehill taking advantage of that reprieve to lead the Titans down the field and tie the game at 14-14.

From that point on, Tannehill was largely in rhythm, displaying timing and accuracy that was reflected by his well-thrown percentage from Week 8.

Per Stats Perform data, Tannehill delivered an accurate, well-thrown ball on 84.4 per cent of his 33 pass attempts.

Tannehill's ratio in that regard being so high is not a surprise, given he has excelled throughout the season at producing on-target throws.

Among quarterbacks with at least 50 pass attempts, only Joe Burrow (84) has a superior percentage of well-thrown balls than Tannehill (82.9).

With his 7.95 air yards per attempt below the league-wide average of 8.19, Tannehill may need to get more aggressive to help Tennessee record more explosive plays minus the services of a back in Henry who leads the NFL with 20 rushes of 10 yards or more in 2021.

Yet when he is in a groove, Tannehill can be a difficult quarterback to slow down, especially when his top receiver is performing at his highest standard.

Brown at this best

The Titans did not have Julio Jones against the Colts, but his absence was ultimately immaterial as A.J. Brown emphatically rose to the challenge of replacing his production in a monstrous showing.

Brown finished with season highs in catches (10) and receiving yards (155) and galloped in for a 57-yard catch and run that tied matters in the second quarter, demonstrating his upside with ball in hand by shrugging off a weak tackle attempt from Xavier Rhodes and surging down the sideline and into the endzone.

His chemistry with Tannehill evident throughout an undulating contest, Brown proved near-impossible to stop on the slant route, getting open on 90.9 per cent of his targets according to Stats Perform data.

While Brown appears to be coming into form, the Titans will need more from Jones having traded for the former Atlanta Falcons star in the offseason.

Jones is producing a burn, which is when a receiver wins his matchup on a play where he is targeted, on 59.3 per cent of his targets, below the average of 60.8 for receivers (min. five targets) this season.

With the safety net of Henry gone, the Titans will likely need to lean on the passing game more to allow them to set up running opportunities against two-high safety defenses with lighter boxes designed to stop the aerial attack.

The Titans do not require Jones to separate to the extent Brown did against Indianapolis, but more consistency in beating defenders from the seven-time Pro Bowler is a must if Tennessee's offense is to excel without Henry against defenses of the standard they will face in Week 9.

Huge test out west

The credentials of the Henry-less Titans will be tested sternly right off the bat, as they travel to take on a Los Angeles Rams team that just received a huge boost to their defense.

On Monday it was reported the Rams had struck a deal for three-time first-team All-Pro Von Miller, who leads the league in sacks since 2011 with 110.5 and is still performing at an elite level at the age of 32. 

Miller's arrival sees him join Aaron Donald on the Rams' defensive front, giving Los Angeles two players who feature in the top four in Stats Perform's adjusted pass rush win percentage.

Prior to Week 8, Donald led the way with a stunt-adjusted win percentage of 60.2, while Miller was fourth on 47.1. That duo now gets to face a Titans offensive line that went into the week ranked 30th in pass protection win percentage.

Tannehill, therefore, should expect to come under plenty of fire in this primetime road game, meaning he will need to get the ball out quickly to negate the pass rush.

His snap to release time of 2.59 seconds is quicker than the average of 2.65 seconds, but a significant part of his potential success in maintaining that will be receivers expediently gaining the separation to give him the confidence to let rip with those quick-game throws that can keep him in rhythm.

That may be a tough ask against a secondary featuring an All-Pro corner in Jalen Ramsey who, prior to Week 8, had lost just six of his 70 coverage matchups.

But when Brown and Jones are both are healthy, the Titans have the receiving weapons to lean on the pass-catchers who do not draw Ramsey's coverage.

Tennessee's success in exploiting the matchups where the Titans have the advantage will play a critical role in deciding who wins the meeting with the Rams. The trip to Los Angeles figures to serve as an excellent barometer of where the Titans are without Henry, and it is the play of Tannehill, Brown and Jones that will determine how much of a threat they can be without their most feared weapon.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Malik Harrison suffered a "non-life-threatening" injury when he was struck by a stray bullet on Sunday.

The Ravens revealed the bullet struck the 23-year-old's left calf as he was attending a gathering in Cleveland, with Baltimore on a bye in Week 8.

Harrison received medical care at a local hospital but is due to return to Baltimore on Monday.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said: "I don't think it's severe at all. They're in the process of getting it checked out with the doctors.

"I haven't heard back on that report yet. It was in the lower leg, I think. I'm optimistic that it's gonna be okay. I feel bad for the situation.

"[I am] Happy that he's okay. Very grateful that he's okay and not hurt worse. I mean, anything can happen, and just a tough situation."

Harrison, picked in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, has started five games this season, making 22 tackles.

Jameis Winston has been ruled out for the remainder of the NFL season with a torn ACL.

The New Orleans Saints starting quarterback suffered the injury during Sunday's shock win over his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game the damage done was "significant" and has since confirmed reports over the injury diagnosis, meaning Winston will miss the second half of the 2021 campaign.

Winston sustained his knee injury in the second quarter during a horse-collar tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White and was carted off the field with the score tied at 7-7, later leaving the stadium on crutches.

The Saints still went on to complete a shock 36-27 Week 8 win that thrust them into contention to challenge the Bucs in the NFC South.

Winston had completed six of 10 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown while scrambling for 40 yards before exiting the game.

This season he has thrown for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions, his passer rating of 102.8 being far and away the best of his career to date.

The injury will come as a bitter blow to Winston as he attempts to rebuild his career after being replaced by Tom Brady with the Bucs after the 2019 season and then spending last season as a backup to Drew Brees.

With fellow QB Taysom Hill ruled out of the Bucs game due to a concussion, it was third-string Trevor Siemian who replaced Winston and helped the Saints (5-2) top the Bucs (6-2).

Siemian threw a touchdown and finished 16-of-29 passing for 159 yards.

The Saints, who are well placed to push for a place in the playoffs, have another home divisional match against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9.

Winston will be forced to watch on and is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the campaign, having only re-signed for the team on a one-year extension in March.

Brady, meanwhile, passed for 375 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bucs' defeat.

The MVP candidate now has 38 games in his career with four or more TD passes, surpassing Brees for the most in NFL history.

The veteran also became only the fourth player to record at least 2,500 passing yards and 25 TD passes through the first eight games of an NFL season.

Brady joined Peyton Manning (2013), Patrick Mahomes (2018) and Russell Wilson, who achieved the feat for the Seattle Seahawks last year.

The Los Angeles Rams have substantially bolstered their defense by striking a blockbuster trade for Denver Broncos edge rusher Von Miller.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Miller is saying his goodbyes to the Broncos after Denver agreed to deal him to the Rams for a pair of day-two draft choices.

The Broncos, according to Schefter, are paying $9million of Miller's remaining $9.7m salary as part of the trade.

Miller is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but the Rams will hope his addition to the defense can propel them to a Super Bowl title that has eluded them since the 1999 season.

He joins a top-heavy defense that has taken a step back in 2021 but boasts fearsome stars in the form of defensive tackle Aaron Donald, regarded by many as the best player in the NFL, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

And the Rams can afford to be confident they are getting a player still capable of delivering the pass-rush production that has defined his stellar career.

Since being drafted by the Broncos in 2011 with the second overall pick, Miller has recorded 110.5 sacks, the most in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl 50 MVP award as he played a key role in delivering the Lombardi Trophy to Denver at the end of the 2015 season.

Miller was inactive for the Broncos' Week 8 win over the Washington Football Team but has done an excellent job of creating pressure this campaign.

He has a pressure rate of 24.8 per cent, which was well above the pre-Week 8 average of 17.2 per cent for edge rushers.

Miller is set to make his Rams debut on Sunday in a primetime clash with a Tennessee Titans team that will be without running back Derrick Henry, who may miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Adrian Phillips enjoyed the sweet taste of victory on Sunday, as he took the chance to "stick it" to his former team in the New England Patriots' win at the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Patriots moved to 4-4 on the season with a 27-24 triumph at SoFi Stadium, with ex-Chargers safety Phillips making a decisive impact.

Phillips intercepted two Justin Herbert passes, his second pick returned for a touchdown that effectively served as the telling blow by putting the Patriots 27-17 to the good late in the fourth quarter.

"Everybody always wants to kind of stick to their former team, and this is a great organisation that we played against today," said Phillips.

"Just to be able to go out there and play against them and end up having the game that I had, it was sweet. I loved it.

"Great teams win the close games. And we need to keep stringing these along."

Herbert's pick-six came on an apparent mix-up between himself and tight end Jared Cook, with last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year taking the blame after the Chargers dropped their second successive game to fall to 4-3.

"Just a miscommunication [between him and Cook]. I've got to be smarter about that," said Herbert, who will hope to help the Chargers avoid a third straight defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.

"I've got to move on to the next read. But that's one of those plays you'll have to watch and get better from and as tough as it is, you're gonna have to get better from it.

"That is one of the good things about film tomorrow. It is going to sting for a while, but it is on to the next week and we have got another tough competitor next Sunday, so we are going to watch film and get better from it."

 

Derrick Henry reportedly suffered a potential season-ending foot injury in the Tennessee Titans' win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Titans improved to 6-2 with their 34-31 overtime victory in Indianapolis on Sunday.

However, it may have come at a massive cost, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting Henry could now miss the remainder of the campaign.

Subsequent reports have revealed Henry is believed to have broken a bone in his foot and is set to undergo an MRI scan.

It is tough to oversell Henry's importance to the Titans, who have leaned on the running back as the undisputed focal point of their offense for the last three seasons.

This season, Henry has produced consistency to put him in position to threaten Eric Dickerson's record for rushing yards in a single season.

He leads the NFL with 947 yards, 288 more than his nearest challenger, the Colts' Jonathan Taylor.

Averaging 117.1 yards per game, he is on pace for 1,990, though several more performances of 100 yards or more could put him within striking distance of the 2,105 Dickerson racked up in 1984.

Now that record seems set to stand, with the AFC South-leading Titans likely to put more of the burden on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Henry's absence.

Henry had continued to deliver despite a workload that would see lesser running backs break down under the strain.

He carried the ball a league-leading 303 times in 2019 and increased that number to 379 last season, winning the rushing title in back-to-back years.

The former Alabama star had already tallied 219 rush attempts this season, with backup Jeremy McNichols used predominantly as a pass-catcher.

Tennessee will not lean on McNichols or Darrynton Evans in the same way, meaning the onus will be on Tannehill to lead the Titans on what they hope will be a deep playoff run.

Carson Wentz conceded he was beating himself up after a pair of interceptions doomed the Indianapolis Colts to an overtime defeat to the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans took command of the AFC South with a thrilling 34-31 victory on the road in overtime, which owed to two huge errors from Colts quarterback Wentz.

With the game tied 24-24 late in the fourth quarter, Wentz tossed a wobbly throw into the air as the pass rush surrounded him inside the Colts' endzone and Titans cornerback Elijah Molden leaped to bring it down and stroll in for a two-yard interception return and hand the Titans the lead.

Wentz responded by leading the Colts down the field, with the aid of a pass interference penalty that put them at the Titans' one-yard line, for the tying score to force overtime.

But the extra period was effectively decided by another Wentz miscue, as he was intercepted by safety Kevin Byard on the Colts' second possession of overtime, putting the Titans in position for Randy Bullock's game-winning field goal.

It means the Colts are 3-4 in second place in the division behind the Titans, who at 6-2 have a three-game lead and a tiebreaker over Indianapolis.

"Beating myself up over those ones at the end of the game there, for sure," said Wentz.

On the comedic pick-six to Molden, Wentz added: "They had it covered up pretty good, obviously.

"Terrible play, terrible play. One-on-one, trying to find a way to just get rid of the ball and next thing you know I'm about to go down.

"So, yeah. One I definitely want back. That one hurts a little bit."

Head coach Frank Reich, however, put the blame for that play on his shoulders.

"That was 100 percent my fault," said Reich. "It was a bad call. It was a screen to Mo [Alie-Cox] and they were sitting right on it.

"We hadn't thrown that. Didn't think they would ever be thinking that at that point in the game. I've been around too long to know that you don't call a screen backed up in that situation.

"I told Carson right after that play, he came over to the sideline, I said, 'That's 100 percent my fault. That's a terrible play call. Now, just go make it right. Go make it right.'"

Wentz was unable to do so and accepted full responsibility for the second and ultimately decisive interception.

"Probably tried to do too much," Wentz explained. "Tried to force that one there to Pitt [Michael Pittman], he had a step on the underneath coverage but Byard came out of the sky and make a heck of a play.

"I'm sure, in hindsight, I had the checkdown – probably wide open. Thought I had Pitt, Byard made a great play. Those two definitely hurt for sure."

The Minnesota Vikings spent the week preparing to face Dak Prescott rather than Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush, with their starter hoping to return in Week 9 after they survived his absence.

Prescott's status for Sunday's game, which the Cowboys went on to win 20-16 on the road, had been uncertain in the days leading up to the contest due to his calf injury.

He was ultimately ruled out after undergoing tests in the pre-game warmup, allowing Rush to make his first career NFL start.

Despite only completing 24 of his 40 pass attempts, Rush still racked up 325 passing yards and two touchdowns to one interception.

He threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Amari Cooper, who starred with eight catches and 122 receiving yards, in the final minute as the Cowboys improved to 6-1 even without star QB Prescott.

Asked about how the Vikings had prepared for the possibility of facing Prescott or Rush this week, safety Xavier Woods acknowledged they expected the more senior player to take the field.

"We weren't [preparing for both]," said Woods, per ESPN. "We were just preparing for 4 [Prescott].

"We kind of thought they were going to still run the same offense. So, we just prepared for 4 all week. 

"We didn't get the word [that Rush was going to start] until pregame, so we just prepared for 4 but we watched a couple clips of Coop. But during the week, we just prepared for 4."

CeeDee Lamb (eight catches for 112 yards) and Cedrick Wilson (three catches for 84 yards and one TD) also proved productive targets for Rush.

The Cowboys hope Prescott can return for the home game with the Denver Broncos, though they are eager to ensure his injury heals fully in a season where a playoff run looks increasingly likely.

Asked if facing Denver was possible, Prescott said: "For sure. I was getting prepared to play this game

"I'm a guy that takes it day-by-day, moment-at-moment, and right now, I'm going to celebrate this win with the guys and worry about rehabbing and getting everything back in order on Monday.

"We made a call at the end of having a chance to come out with a win, without me playing, and be able to get healthy and not have something re-injure and linger past this week."

After a slow start, which included an interception by Woods and Dallas' first pointless first quarter of the season, Rush delivered with a game-winning drive in the closing stages.

"That's Coop," added Prescott. "He's very mild tempered and always that way – never too high or too low. It showed.

"It allowed him to stay in there, stick to it, stick through some bad plays and come out and make some great plays to win the game that we needed in the fourth quarter."

Rush became the first quarterback to throw 300-plus passing yards and win in his first NFL start in a primetime road game since 1984.

Minnesota, meanwhile, fall to 3-4 and have a testing road game with the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in Week 9.

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh insists "anything is possible" at the quarterback position after a stunning display from backup Mike White.

White stepped in for the injured Zach Wilson – the number two overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft – and led the Jets to an upset 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

With Wilson out due to a knee problem, White starred on his first career start, throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns, recording the team's first 400+ yard passing day since 2000.

White was a fifth-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 and has been cut five times in his career.

He was on the Jets roster bubble during training camp before winning the battle to backup BYU standout Wilson.

And after a surprisingly impressive performance, Saleh was ruling nothing out over White's long-term prospects with the Jets.

"We'll go day-to-day, but anything is possible, right?" Saleh said after White completed 37 of his 45 passes in a display that saw him bounce back from two first-half interceptions.

"Anything is possible. So it goes back to that whole theory of: The difference between player A and player Z is an opportunity and reps. 

"That's what this league is. That's professional sports. That's why they come out of nowhere. Someone gets an opportunity.

"And what Mike does with his opportunity - he's got the world in front of him and he's just got to take advantage of it."

The Jets improved to 2-5 while the Bengals fell to 5-3.

Saleh's team struck a trade to bring veteran Joe Flacco back into the building after Wilson's injury but it will be White who gets another opportunity to shine at the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football.

After Saleh kept the debate open, another good performance from the 26-year-old could provoke an unexpected quarterback controversy.

Asked about the Jets fans chanting his name during the game, White said: "At first, I had to kind of listen again! I was like, 'Are they chanting my name?' That was pretty cool."

Wilson will be watching the Colts game with interest. He produced some mixed performances in his first six NFL games, throwing just four TDs to nine interceptions.

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