Jets QB Zach Wilson had knee surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles


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The meniscus repair procedure will determine how long Wilson is out.

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets walks on the sidelines after being taken off the field with an injury in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday August 12, 2022 at Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

FLORHAM PARK, NJ (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will undergo arthroscopy on his injured right knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Wilson suffered a bone contusion and a torn meniscus during the Jets’ second offensive series Friday night in their preseason opener in Philadelphia.

The meniscus repair procedure, which will be performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, will determine how long Wilson will be sidelined. Wilson is currently expected to be out for two to four weeks based on initial testing, but it’s possible he could be out longer depending on the condition of the knee during ElAttrache’s surgery.

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“We are optimistic,” coach Robert Saleh said after practice on Sunday. “But he’s not off the hook until they go there and make the decision.”

Saleh said Wilson was traveling to Los Angeles on Sunday to prepare for the procedure.

“And then,” Saleh said, “we wait.”

It was initially feared that Wilson could suffer a serious – and potentially season-ending – injury when he fell while trying to get past the Eagles’ Nakobe Dean. He appeared to injure his knee while planting – without contact – to cut on the Philadelphia grass court.

Post-match tests 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 bit depressed. But I think considering what happened I think we had some really good news,” the quarterback said. -back Joe Flacco on Wilson “So I think he’s in a better mood today.”

There remains a chance that Wilson could play in the season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11. But the Jets would also like to guard against the hasty return of the second-year quarterback.

“It will all depend on what happens here with the surgery and what feedback we get from the doctors,” Saleh said, “and gathering all the information before we’re even about to make that decision.”

Otherwise, Flacco, who led the first-team attack on Sunday and had a strong camp, would start in Wilson’s place against his former team – and possibly beyond.

“When you’re the substitute your emotions go up and down during a game, things like that,” the 37-year-old said. “But yes, it’s a transition, it’s a bit of a difference. But I think it’s definitely because I’ve had the ability to play so much football that you kind of get back into sync and get back into the groove pretty quickly.

Flacco started a game last season after Wilson was sidelined with a PCL sprain in his right 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 said. “He’s been there, he’s done this. He’s a Super Bowl MVP. He’s a world champion. He got the big contracts. It pretty much ticked almost every box you can tick. He knows how to play the game. He is very calm. It is collected.

Brown in town

General manager Joe Douglas said offensive tackle Duane Brown was scheduled to arrive at the team’s facility to officially sign with the Jets on Sunday night.

Brown agreed to a two-year deal worth $22 million on Thursday, days after expected right tackle starter Mekhi Becton was likely out for the season with a knee injury.

Saleh confirmed that the five-time Pro Bowl selection Brown will play left tackle for the Jets. George Fant, initially tabbed as a starter on the left side, will slide to the right side.

Saleh has previously praised Fant’s play at left tackle, saying he is “much more comfortable” at that position. But the coach said on Sunday that Fant should make a smooth transition to right tackle, where he has been training.

“For George, his curse is also a blessing in that he is extremely versatile, very athletic,” Saleh said. “He is extremely talented. And so to give him the opportunity to go and play the right tackle, he’s obviously a competitor – he just wants a house – but at the same time, he’s the quintessential team guy.

Remarks: Saleh said Becton, who has a small fracture in his right kneecap, is also visiting ElAttrache for a consultation before determining whether he will undergo surgery. … RB Ty Johnson (hamstring) has returned to training. … CB DJ Reed (hamstring), S Lamarcus Joyner (illness), DE Vinny Curry (hamstring), CB Brandin Echols (hamstring), OL Conor McDermott (ankle) and OL Chuma Edoga (undisclosed) are all absent.



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