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The injury took place early in the third quarter on a screen pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Duke Johnson. Riley pursued Johnson for a tackle and remained lying on his back after a head-on collision.
Elijah Riley’s injury occurred at the 40 yard marker, near sideline. Terrible accident. Hopefully it looks a lot worse than what actually happened to him. #Jets #NYJets #NYJvsMIA #jetstwitter pic.twitter.com/qaC2SDvweu
— Manny S. (@MMS0272) December 19, 2021
Medical staff tended to Riley and eventually stabilized him on a stretcher before he left the field on a cart. He gave a fist pump as he was driven into the tunnel.
As #Jets safety Elijah Riley (@ERiley011) was being carted off the field, he raised his fist up in the air. Thank goodness, prayers & love sent out: #NYJvsMIA #TakeFlight #NFL 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/UigvccgDmY
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) December 19, 2021
The Jets later ruled him out with a neck injury. After the 31-24 Dolphins win, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Riley "checked out fine" and will travel with the team back to New York. The second-year pro out of Army was making his fifth start of the season for the Jets after being signed midseason off the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.