Zach Wilson injury: what has Jets QB been diagnosed with?
The New York Jets feared the worst when the quarterback limped out of a preseason game but he could be back for the NFL season opener.
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson sustained a meniscus injury and a bone bruise in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks, The New York Post reported Saturday. Initially the Jets had feared the shot-caller might have damaged his ACL, or suffered a recurrence of a right posterior ligament injury that sidelined him for four games last season.
Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. Per the report, he will undergo a procedure to repair the meniscus injury, which is not a complete tear, providing a second doctor confirms the diagnosis.
The injury occurred in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.
He was taken to the locker room shortly after and replaced by Mike White. The Jets went on to win 24-21.
Prior to exiting the game, Wilson completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards with an interception. He added 7 yards on one carry.
Jets have White and Flacco in reserve
Wilson, 23, is entering his second season with New York after recording 2,334 passing yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his rookie campaign.
The Jets open the season at home on Sept. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Should Wilson not be able to start that game, the Jets could turn to White or veteran Joe Flacco.
White made three starts for the injured Wilson last season and was 1-2. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games.
Flacco, who won a Super Bowl and played 11 seasons with the Ravens, lost his only start last year in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. He completed 27 of 42 passes with three TDs and no interceptions in two games.