Jets QB Zach Wilson exits the preseason opener with a right knee injury

PHILADELPHIA – The New York Jets’ preseason started in the worst possible way when quarterback Zach Wilson injured his right knee during the second series and immediately limped into the locker room Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Wilson’s knee appeared to be collapsing from a non-contact injury as he clambered out of the bag onto the lawn, trying to outrun a potential Philadelphia Eagles tackler. He went down awkwardly. He got up, limping, but dropped to the turf with obvious pain.

It is the same knee that was injured last season. Wilson sprained his PCL in a Week 7 loss and would miss four games.

Wilson got off to a bad start against the Eagles, throwing an interception on the Jets’ fifth game. He was injured four games later.

He was replaced by third-stringer Mike White. The usual backup, Joe Flacco, got the night off.

The Jets have high hopes for Wilson in his sophomore year, confident he can improve after a difficult rookie year. Their entire outdoor season was centered on Wilson, who was drafted second overall in 2021. The Jets upgraded the supporting cast with the belief that it would improve Wilson’s game.

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