Zach Wilson won’t return until he’s ‘100% healthy’


It was learned on Tuesday that New York Jets second-year quarterback Zach Wilson underwent successful surgery to treat the bone bruise and meniscus tear in his right knee he suffered in the game. Friday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, conflicting information was also released at this time. Initial reports suggested Wilson would be sidelined for around two to four weeks, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted the 23-year-old had “an outside shot to play in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. ” September 11th. Rich Cimini reported that Wilson would not return to the field “until he is completely ready” and that the Jets had backup Joe Flacco “in line to start” the Week 1 game against Baltimore.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh appeared to confirm Cimini’s claim on Thursday.

“Zach came back last night. He’s here today,” Saleh explained during Thursday’s media session, according to the Jets’ Randy Lange website. “He’s already walking, he’s in a really good mood. And he’s chomping at the bit to get to rehab.”

Unsurprisingly, Saleh wasn’t ready to name a QB1 for Week 1 when asked.

“It’s really going to be dictated by how he feels and when he’s ready to go,” Saleh said of Wilson. “We’re going to make sure we do what it takes to get him 100% healthy. Whenever that’s the case, that’s when he steps onto the pitch. “

Those comments didn’t end questions about Wilson’s status.

“If Zach is ready to go, he will be the Week 1 starter,” Saleh added. “If not, then Joe will. We’re going to consider how Zach looks, how he moves, how he feels and what the doctors are telling us.”

Flacco spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Ravens and helped them win Super Bowl XLVII. He was named Most Valuable Player for that game and last played for Baltimore in the 2018 season.




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