New Update Provides Optimism For Jets QB Zach Wilson

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NFL Analysis Network

The New York Jets’ outlook for 2022 took a major hit before the regular season even got underway. In their first preseason game of the season, on August 12th against the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury.

Some people believed Wilson had suffered a season-ending injury based on how the play occurred. Luckily for the Jets and Wilson, upon evaluation, that was not the case. While any injury is still unfortunate, it was not of the season-ending variety.

Wilson was diagnosed with a bone bruise and meniscus tear. On August 16th, he underwent a procedure to trim the meniscus and the timetable for his return was put at two-to-four weeks. That would put Wilson’s availability for Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens in jeopardy.

This week would mark three weeks from the time he went under the knife, but as the face of the franchise, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Wilson was held out a week or two so that he can get back up to speed.

However, it now sounds as if there is a chance that Wilson won’t end up missing any games at all. According to head coach Robert Saleh, Wilson has a chance to suit up and be the starter in Week 1.

Wilson went through a workout on Monday, which is certainly an encouraging sign. Saleh wasn’t too surprised that the No. 2 overall pick from the 2021 NFL Draft could be back on the field for the season opener. The Jets’ coach provided an update.

“Everyone heals differently,” Saleh said in his press conference. “Like I said, we’ll see what happens tomorrow and all that stuff. But everyone has a different — I almost feel like some of the guidelines that are put on are guidelines. But everyone responds differently.”

We will likely know by Wednesday if Zach Wilson is going to be suiting up on Sunday afternoon or not. If he is unable to go, veteran Joe Flacco, who spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Ravens, would get the start against his former team.