After suffering a scary non-contact injury during Friday night’s preseason opener, it looks like New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson did not suffer a season-ending injury and could possibly even return to the team in time for the regular season opener.
During the second series of Friday night’s preseason matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson suffered an apparent knee injury that sent him to the locker room for further evaluation. But according to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Wilson will only miss 2-4 weeks.
Jets QB Zach Wilson has a bone bruise and meniscus tear, per sources. He will miss 2-4 weeks. He will get a second opinion, but that is the belief right now.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 13, 2022
An MRI on Saturday morning confirmed that Wilson did not suffer ligament damage. The Jets quarterback has a bone bruise and a meniscus tear and is expected to undergo surgery, but Wilson’s meniscus does not require a full repair, only a trim, Costello reports.
Wilson will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to determine whether he will miss closer to two weeks or four weeks, according to Costello. In either case, there’s a chance Wilson will be available to play in the Jets’ regular season opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11.
The positive injury update drew several reactions from the NFL world, many of whom initially feared the worst for Wilson.
Week 1 is 4 weeks and 1 day away… https://t.co/33ZkVeAiiJ
— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) August 13, 2022
— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) August 13, 2022
— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) August 13, 2022
This is very good news for the Jets, who believe there's a chance he could be ready for Week 1. https://t.co/ZEBLjtPEM5
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 13, 2022
Huge break, considering how it looked. https://t.co/XPY9CkbsHr
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) August 13, 2022
— Shane Haff (@HAFFnHAFF_TPL) August 13, 2022
The injury update is a bit of good news for many Jets and NFL fans who feared the worst for the second-year quarterback as went back to the locker room.