Zach Wilson has to undergo MRI after knee injury in first game of Jets

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Jet’s sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson left in New York’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles after sustaining a knee injury. With more than four minutes to play in the first quarter, Wilson took a first-and-10 snap from New York’s 40-yard line and scrambled to the right. As he entered the field, Wilson attempted to make a cut toward the center of the field to release a potential tackler and went down awkwardly.

He was initially helped by a teammate and had a noticeable limp. Wilson was then sent to the locker room for further evaluation and the Jets officially judged him doubtful to return with a knee injury. Wilson did not return to the game, and afterword, Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Wilson will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Since this is just an exhibition game, it wouldn’t be surprising if the team kept him out for the rest of the game, even if he’s healthy enough to leave. This injury is of concern, however, as it does not appear that Wilson was touched when he went to the field. And every time there is a non-contact injury, the team has to hold its breath.

Prior to the injury, Wilson did not have a warm start. During the Jets opening drive of the evening, he threw a poor interception to Eagles linebacker Kyzir White on a pass intended for Corey Davis. Wilson completed three of his five passes for 23 yards and that pick before going down.

The former #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is entering his second season after a rocky rookie campaign. In 13 games, he completed just 55.6% of his passes for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.


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