Quarterback Zach Wilson left the field late in the first quarter of the New York Jets‘ preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night with what appeared to be a non-contact injury to his right knee.
The New York Post's Brian Costello reported Saturday that Wilson has a bone bruise and meniscus tear that will force him to miss 2-4 weeks, pending a second opinion. ESPN's Adam Schefter reiterated Wilson's recovery timeline while also stating that the second-year quarterback will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up the injury.
Wilson, the 2021 No. 2 overall pick, was entering a critical second campaign in New York with a dramatically improved group of pass catchers, and behind an offensive line that just added veteran tackle Duane Brown on a reported two-year, $22 million deal.
In Week 7 of 2021 against the New England Patriots, Wilson suffered a sprained PCL in his right knee that caused him to miss four games from Weeks 8-11.
Wilson earned a 59.3 grade in his 2021 rookie campaign with a 55.6% completion percentage and just 10 big-time throws to 18 turnover-worthy plays. In 2020, Wilson was PFF’s highest-graded passer in all of college football, with a 95.2 grade. There had been optimism in training camp he had shown signs of improvement, but this latest injury would be a devastating blow to his development.
The Jets' season win total was set at 5.5 at most sportsbooks prior to this development.
This article will be updated when more information becomes available.