Zach Wilson exits Jets’ first preseason game with an injury

PHILADELPHIA — Zach Wilson’s second season with the Jets quickly went from bad to worse in the team’s first game on Friday night.

Wilson left the game with a right knee injury after a 7-yard first-quarter scramble against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The seriousness of the injury was not immediately known, but it did not look good.

The injury came after Wilson threw an interception to end the Jets’ first drive.

Zach Wilson exits the Jets' preseason game against the Eagles.
Zach Wilson exits the Jets’ preseason game against the Eagles.
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The Jets have pinned their hopes on Wilson making a jump into Year 2 after struggling as a rookie in 2021. He was 3-for-5 with the interception before the injury. On the first and 10 of the Jets’ 42, Wilson scrambled to the right and headed for the sidelines when he decided to step in and dodge Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean. It looked as if his knee gave out and he fell forward. He won seven yards on the game.

When Wilson got up, he was clearly limping. He then fell to the ground and the trainers came out to examine him while head coach Robert Saleh watched closely. Wilson was able to walk off the field and went straight to the locker room.

On the first drive of the night, Wilson intercepted Eagles linebacker Kyzir White.

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