The Jets won their preseason opener, 24-21, with a go-ahead score in the final seconds on Friday night vs. the Eagles in Philadelphia, but the outcome and most of the game was overshadowed by the knee injury sustained by Jets Quarterback in the first quarter. Zach Wilson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss two to four weeks, sources confirmed.
Jets-Eagles The Injury
The Jets started Chuma Edoga at Left Tackle and Rookie Max Mitchell, a 4rth-round pick from Louisiana, at Right Tackle With 4:29 left in the first quarter, Wilson took a shotgun snap and faced immediate pressure from Defensive End Tarron Jackson after the Eagles defender cleanly beat Mitchell off the line of scrimmage.
After neatly stepping aside the oncoming Johnson, Wilson saw open grass up the home sideline. Instead of electing to go out of bounds, Wilson looked for more, but his right leg gave way while making a move to his left. The athletic Jets QB knew something wasn’t right and gave himself up with a dive to the ground.
Jets QB Injury Update
Wilson, suffered a non-contact injury during Friday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, was diagnosed with a bone bruise and a meniscus tear, a source said, adding that the meniscus doesn’t need a full repair, only a “trim.” No timetable for procedure as it is pending to second opinion for the Jets QB.
Tough start for the 2022 Jets. Drafted in 2021, Wilson limped to the locker room after hitting the turf from a non contact injury. The Jets QB left the field and was taken immediately to the locker room. Prior to the game he was not available for media post game. This is his second injury to that right knee in ten month span. Last season the Wilson suffered a sprained PCL which he was sidelined for four weeks. Jets have two serviceable back up options in fan favorite Mike White and wiley ole veteran Joe Flacco. While this injury could of been much worse it is a set back on for Wilson and this young team moving forward.
“You guys know how I feel about Joe — everyone does, the whole world does,” Saleh said Friday night. “Joe’s a phenomenal football player. He’s having a great camp, and he’s got a lot of juice left in the tank.”Joe Flacco media availability post Jets Eagles preseason game 1
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New York Jets re-signed Flacco in the offseason because they wanted a steadying presence in the quarterback room. Head Coach Robert Saleh recently said Joe Flacco is still good enough to be a starter in the league. Flacco. Flacco started for the Ravens from 2008 to 2018 and led them to a Super Bowl championship in the 2012 season, hasn’t won a start since Week 6 of the 2019 season. At the time, he was starting for the Denver Broncos. Flacco since then has lost seven straight starts, including five for the Jets over two stints in 2020 and 2021.
Mike White is a fan favorite because he passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns last season in his first career start, leading to an upset over the Cincinnati Bengals. White also threw four interceptions two weeks later against the Bills and was benched in favor of Flacco, who started the next game (a loss to the Miami Dolphins). Wilson returned the following week.
It is highly unlikely that journeyman Chris Streveler is likely to compete for a Jets 53-man roster with both Joe Flacco and Mike White ultimately likely to be the duo competing for the open day roster starter. Streveler could be competing for practice squad roster spot with the injury to franchise quarterback Zach Wilson looked to be sidelined up to four weeks. Streveler played college football at Minnesota and South Dakota. Streveler previously played two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.