3:59 PM: With Wilson expected to be out for two to four weeks, many have wondered if the Jets might need to make a move as quarterback, in case his knee injury takes longer to heal than expected. But the Jets have confidence in backup veteran quarterback Joe Flacco “to hold the fortress” until Wilson’s eventual return, according to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson.
Anderson even brought up the idea that Flacco call the Week 1 starter is perhaps the most responsible thing to do so that Wilson and his company don’t feel rushed to try and get him back on the field in time for the regular season before he is fully healed. While an announcement for Week 1 may be a bit premature, those in the building know there’s no need to rush Wilson back to the field.
Flacco has been with the Jets for just under two years as a backup quarterback, initially behind Sam Darnold and then behind Wilson. After his first year as a backup for the Jets, he signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia to backup Jalen hurts before being traded back to the Jets at the end of October last year.
Flacco has yet to win a game with the Jets going 0-5 in his five starts. However, he has proven to be a serviceable starter during this time, throwing nine touchdowns to just three interceptions as a Jet.
The first thought, if the prognosis for Wilson is correct, is that Flacco would only be needed for a maximum of one game in the regular season, but if Wilson needs extra time to get back to 100%, New York has full confidence in 37-year-old Flacco.
10:24 AM: Wilson suffered from a meniscus tear, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post (op Twitter). Coupled with the bone bruise, Wilson is expected to be out for two or four weeks. This is, of course, great news for ESPN’s Jets and Rich Cimini tweets that the team believes their starting QB could be ready for Week 1.
Adam Schefter of ESPN tweets that Wilson will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the problem. That upcoming surgery will determine whether Wilson’s return is closer to the two-week timeline or the four-week timeline, according to Schefter (on Twitter). Wilson will get more opinions to determine if he needs a knee scope, tweets How.
10:07 AM: Wilson suffered a bone contusion and his ligaments are “in good shape,” according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic Twitter). The QB will undergo more tests to determine if there was damage to his meniscus. By then, we should have more clarity on a recovery timeline.
9:09 am: The Jets hope they dodged a big bullet with their franchise quarterback. After Zach Wilson left last night’s preseason opener with a knee problem, there was concern that the injury could end his season. Fortunately, ESPN’s Rich Cimini writes that the organization is hopeful that Wilson avoided a late-season injury. The QB will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the knee injury.
Coach Robert Saleh said after the game that Wilson’s ACL “should be intact”. According to Cimini, there are early indications that the QB may have re-injured his PCL. That would be the same PCL that forced Wilson to miss four games during his rookie campaign. Assuming the Jets’ optimism turns out to be correct, the best-case scenario, according to SNYtv’s Connor Hughes (on Twitter), Wilson would be sidelined for just two to three weeks, while the worst case would leave the QB out for four to six weeks.
The non-contact injury certainly didn’t look great when it happened. Wilson sustained the injury during the Jets’ second offensive streak, with the QB’s knee appearing to “buckle” before falling to the ground. Wilson was able to walk off the field on his own, but he limped noticeably. Mike Kaye of ProFootballNetwork.com questions Wilson’s extra yards decision; after crossing the line of scrimmage, Wilson could have made his way to the sideline, but he decided to make extra yards. He “planted his foot clumsily,” which led to the injury. Saleh seemed to agree with this sentiment, telling reporters that Wilson should have crossed the line rather than try to shake off the defender (according to Kaye on Twitter).
The Jets have been a little tense since last night, but that has nothing to do with Wilson’s outlook. On the contrary, as Hughes points out, the staff is a bit “shocked” after how things unfolded with offensive lineman Mekhi Becton. When the right tackle sustained his knee injury, there was hope he wouldn’t be out for long. However, later tests revealed that the lineman had a fractured kneecap and would be ready for the season.
“I’m done trying to decipher the doctor’s language, so I’ll just let the MRI play and figure it out tomorrow,” Saleh said after the game (via Kaye).
Assuming Wilson misses at least a few weeks, the Jets can use the extra reps to determine the number 2 QB on the depth chart. Veteran Joe Flacco seems to have a tight grip on that performance, although he didn’t leave the sidelines during last night’s game. Mike White got an extended look in place of Wilson, with former UDFA Chris Streveler also get some reps.