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Zach Wilson Won’t Be Sidelined For Long, Per Reports

Aug 13, 2022, 9:57 AM
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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson reportedly suffered a bruised knee and meniscus injury, per reports. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The knee injury to New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson won’t keep him out as long as many feared.

Reports surfaced on Saturday morning that Wilson has a bone bruise and a meniscus tear and would miss only two to four weeks.

The news was first reported by Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Wilson left the preseason tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles amid his second offensive series in the first quarter. It was during a quarterback scramble, and the injury was non-contact.

When Jets head coach Robert Saleh was asked in the postgame press conference last night if Wilson should have run out of bounds instead of looking for extra yards, the second-year head coach replied, “100%.”

ESPN’s Richi Cimini noted that the meniscus doesn’t need a full repair. Instead, it will be “just trimmed.” Wilson reportedly will pursue a second opinion.

A timeline of two to four weeks could put the former BYU star in a spot where he potentially plays in week one of the regular season, when the Jets face the Baltimore Ravens on September 11.

Last season, Wilson missed four games due to a PCL injury in his right knee.

If Zach Wilson is not ready to go as the starter, the Jets could turn to veteran Joe Flacco until the former No. 2 overall pick returns.

During his career at BYU, Wilson also dealt with his share of injuries in college.

Wilson played the entire 2020 season without an injury and put together one of the best individual quarterback seasons in BYU history.

In the 2019 season, he was sidelined due to a thumb injury that kept him out for three games.

Wilson was 3-of-5 for 23 yards and an interception before exiting the game due to an injury.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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