Fans of The Flash may have noticed that Joe West hasn’t been charging into action much in Season 5, and there’s a very good reason.

According to TVLine, Jesse L. Martin “suffered a back injury” over the show’s hiatus, and IGN has confirmed that the actor will be taking a leave of absence from the CW series for an undetermined length of time.

Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind The Flash, provided this statement on Martin’s status: “Jesse Martin is taking a medical leave of absence from┬áThe Flash. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West.”

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Source: IGN.com The Flash's Jesse L. Martin Taking Leave of Absence