by: DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press
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.
“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.
It was initially feared that Wilson would suffer a serious – and potentially season-ending – loss 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.
There remains a chance that Wilson could play in the season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11. Otherwise, veteran Joe Flacco, who led the first-team offense on Sunday, would start in Wilson’s place against his old team.
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