FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson can have arthroscopic surgical procedure on his injured proper knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Wilson suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus throughout the Jets’ second offensive collection Friday evening of their preseason opener at Philadelphia.
The process to restore the meniscus, which will probably be carried out by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, will decide how lengthy Wilson will probably be sidelined. Wilson is at present anticipated to be out two to 4 weeks primarily based on preliminary checks, however there’s an opportunity he could possibly be out longer relying on the situation of the knee when ElAttrache operates.
“We’re optimistic,” coach Robert Saleh stated Sunday after follow. “However he is not out of the woods till they get in there and make the choice.”
Saleh stated Wilson was touring to Los Angeles on Sunday to organize for the process.
“After which,” Saleh stated, “we wait.”
It was initially feared that Wilson suffered a severe — 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.
Exams after the sport indicated the ACL was intact, and an MRI on Saturday morning revealed the bone bruise and torn meniscus.
“Clearly after the sport, you may inform he was a bit down. However I feel contemplating what occurred, I feel we bought fairly excellent news,” backup quarterback Joe Flacco stated of Wilson. “So I feel he is been in higher spirits right now.”
There stays an opportunity Wilson could possibly be play within the season opener in opposition to Baltimore on Sept. 11. However the Jets would additionally wish to guard in opposition to the second-year quarterback speeding again.
“That is all going to rely on what occurs right here with the surgical procedure and the suggestions we get from the docs,” Saleh stated, “and gathering all the data earlier than we even come remotely shut to creating that call.”
In any other case, Flacco, who ran the first-team offense Sunday and has had a strong camp, would begin in Wilson’s place in opposition to his former staff — and maybe past.
“Once you’re the backup, your feelings are up and down throughout the course of a recreation, issues like that,” the 37-year-old stated. “However yeah, it is a transition, it is a distinction a bit bit. However I feel undoubtedly as a result of I’ve had the power to play a lot soccer that you simply sort of fall again into sync and get again in rhythm fairly rapidly.”
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 is a professional, he is a veteran,” Saleh stated. “He is been there, he is executed that. He is a Tremendous Bowl MVP. He is a world champion. He is gotten the large contracts. He is just about checked virtually each field you may verify. He is aware of how one can play the sport. He is very calm. He is collected.”
BROWN IN TOWN
GM Joe Douglas stated offensive sort out Duane Brown was anticipated to reach on the staff’s facility to formally signal with the Jets on Sunday evening.
Brown agreed to a two-year deal price $22 million Thursday, just a few days after Mekhi Becton, the anticipated starter at proper sort out, was doubtless misplaced for the season with a knee damage.
Saleh confirmed Brown, a five-time Professional Bowl choice, will play left sort out for the Jets. George Fant, initially tabbed because the starter on the left facet, will slide to the proper facet.
Saleh beforehand raved about Fant’s play at left sort out, saying he’s “far more snug” at that place. However the coach stated Sunday that Fant ought to make a clean transition to proper sort out, which is the place he practiced.
“For George, his curse can be a blessing in that he is extraordinarily versatile, very athletic,” Saleh stated. “He is tremendously gifted. And so to provide him the chance to go play proper sort out, clearly he is a competitor — he simply desires a house — however on the identical time, he is the final word staff man.”
NOTES: Saleh stated Becton, who has a small fracture in his proper kneecap, can be visiting ElAttrache for a session earlier than figuring out whether or not he’ll have surgical procedure. … RB Ty Johnson (hamstring) returned to follow. … 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.