For those eagle-eyed viewers that were wondering about the mystery of “Why is Detective Joe West always sitting?” this season. It was announced yesterday that Jesse L. Martin will be taking a leave of absence from The Flash to deal with a back injury suffered during the show’s Summer hiatus. No word on when his absence will be addressed on the show or how long his leave will last.

Back injuries suck and I hope it’s a “quick and speedy” recovery. The show isn’t the same without Papa Joe on the screen.