New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson knee surgery

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson may have arthroscopic surgery on his injured proper knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Wilson suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus in the course of the Jets’ second offensive sequence Friday evening of their preseason opener at Philadelphia.

The process to restore the meniscus, which will likely be carried out by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, will decide how lengthy Wilson will likely be sidelined. Wilson is at the moment anticipated to be out two to 4 weeks based mostly on preliminary assessments, however there’s an opportunity he may very well be out longer relying on the situation of the knee when ElAttrache operates.

“We’re optimistic,” coach Robert Saleh mentioned Sunday after apply. “But he’s not out of the woods until they get in there and make the decision.”

Saleh mentioned Wilson was touring to Los Angeles on Sunday to arrange for the process.

“And then,” Saleh mentioned, “we wait.”

It was initially feared that Wilson suffered a critical — and probably season-ending — damage when he went down as he tried to juke previous the Eagles’ Nakobe Dean. He appeared to injure his knee when planting — with out contact — to chop on Philadelphia’s grass discipline.

Tests after the sport indicated the ACL was intact, and an MRI on Saturday morning revealed the bone bruise and torn meniscus.

“Obviously after the game, you could tell he was a little down. But I think considering what happened, I think we got pretty good news,” backup quarterback Joe Flacco said of Wilson. “So I think he’s been in better spirits today.”

There stays an opportunity Wilson may very well be play within the season opener towards Baltimore on Sept. 11. But the Jets would additionally need to guard towards the second-year quarterback speeding again.

“That’s all going to depend on what happens here with the surgery and the feedback we get from the doctors,” Saleh mentioned, “and gathering all the information before we even come remotely close to making that decision.”

Otherwise, Flacco, who ran the first-team offense Sunday and has had a strong camp, would begin in Wilson’s place towards his former group — and maybe past.

“When you’re the backup, your emotions are up and down during the course of a game, things like that,” the 37-year-old mentioned. “But yeah, it’s a transition, it’s a difference a little bit. But I think definitely because I’ve had the ability to play so much football that you kind of fall back into sync and get back in rhythm pretty quickly.”

Flacco began one recreation final season after Wilson was sidelined with a sprained PCL in his proper knee. He went 24 of 39 for 291 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 24-17 loss to Miami in Week 11.

“He’s a pro, he’s a veteran,” Saleh mentioned. “He’s been there, he’s done that. He’s a Super Bowl MVP. He’s a world champion. He’s gotten the big contracts. He’s pretty much checked almost every box you can check. He knows how to play the game. He’s very calm. He’s collected.”


GM Joe Douglas mentioned offensive deal with Duane Brown was anticipated to reach on the group’s facility to formally signal with the Jets on Sunday evening.

Brown agreed to a two-year deal value $22 million Thursday, a number of days after Mekhi Becton, the anticipated starter at proper deal with, was possible misplaced for the season with a knee damage.

Saleh confirmed Brown, a five-time Pro Bowl choice, will play left deal with for the Jets. George Fant, initially tabbed because the starter on the left facet, will slide to the precise facet.

Saleh beforehand raved about Fant’s play at left deal with, saying he’s “much more comfortable” at that place. But the coach mentioned Sunday that Fant ought to make a clean transition to proper deal with, which is the place he practiced.

“For George, his curse is also a blessing in that he’s extremely versatile, very athletic,” Saleh mentioned. “He’s tremendously gifted. And so to present him the chance to go play proper deal with, clearly he’s a competitor — he simply needs a house — however on the identical time, he’s the final word group man.”

NOTES: Saleh said Becton, who has a small fracture in his right kneecap, is also visiting ElAttrache for a consultation before determining whether he’ll have surgery. … RB Ty Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice. … CB D.J. Reed (hamstring), S Lamarcus Joyner (sickness), DE Vinny Curry (hamstring), CB Brandin Echols (hamstring), OL Conor McDermott (ankle) and OL Chuma Edoga (undisclosed) all sat out.


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