New York Jets QB Zach Wilson out 2-4 weeks after sustaining bone bruise and torn meniscus, sources confirm

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will undergo right knee arthroscopy and is expected to miss two to four weeks, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.

Wilson, who suffered a non-contact injury in Friday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, was diagnosed with a bone bruise and a torn meniscus, a source said, adding the meniscus had no need a complete repair, only a “cut”.

The date of the procedure is pending a second opinion.

The Jets haven’t ruled out the possibility of Wilson being ready for their Sept. 11 home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. The timing will depend on the outcome of the arthroscopy, a source said.

The New York Post first reported on Wilson’s injuries and timeline.

It’s a break for the Jets.

Things looked grim as Wilson, drafted second overall in 2021, limped to the locker room after hitting the turf untouched by a defender. Coming out of the pocket on the Jets’ second series, he tried to cut inside to gain more yards. Afterwards, coach Robert Saleh said Wilson had become “greedy” and should have gone out of bounds.

Wilson left the field and was immediately taken to the locker room. He was not available to the media after the match.

He had two injuries to his right knee in the space of 10 months. Wilson suffered a PCL sprain last season in Week 7, which cost him four games. He did not have surgery and played the rest of his games in a brace.

While the Jets are hoping Wilson will be ready for Game 1, they will need to get backup Joe Flacco ready to play just in case. Flacco, 37, is the clear No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, ahead of Mike White (three career starts) and mate Chris Streveler.

“You know how I feel about Joe – everyone knows that, the whole world knows that,” Saleh said Friday night. “Joe is a phenomenal football player. He’s having a great camp and he’s got plenty of juice left in his tank.”

Flacco, who started for the Ravens from 2008 to 2018 and led them to a Super Bowl championship in the 2012 season, hasn’t won a start since Week 6 of the 2019 season. At the time, he was a starter for the Denver Broncos. Since then, he’s lost seven straight starts, including five for the Jets over two stints in 2020 and 2021.

The Jets re-signed Flacco in the offseason because they wanted a stable presence in the quarter room. Saleh recently said Flacco is still good enough to start in the league.

White is a fan favorite as he passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns last season in his first career start, leading an upset against the Cincinnati Bengals. But he threw four interceptions two weeks later against the Bills and was benched in favor of Flacco, who started the next game (a loss to the Miami Dolphins). Wilson returned the following week.

Although the injury could have been much worse, it was yet another setback for Wilson, who came to training camp with high hopes after a tough rookie season. The Jets built their offseason around him, signing wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall and signing tight ends CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin.

They lost a key element last week, right tackle Mekhi Becton (knee) injured in practice. He is expected to miss the season.

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