The main thing you want coming out of preseason games is no injuries. Unfortunately, the New York Jets appeared to suffer one at the game’s most important position.
Zach Wilson on his second drive of the preseason opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles awkwardly went down on a scramble play.
After evading the initial rush from his right, he saw green grass ahead of him and started running forward. Instead of sliding or going out of bounds, Wilson decided to juke back into the middle of the field and launched his body forward.
A reckless decision in a meaningless game might have cost Wilson and the Jets in a major way.
Connor Hughes of SNY described it as a “non-contact” knee injury for Wilson.
Hughes said that Wilson attempted to get up but was “limping” before he fell down and needed extra assistance.
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Not What You Want to See
Wilson stayed on the ground for quite some time while being attended to by the Jets medical staff.
He eventually got up and walked under his own power very gingerly. Several members of the Jets staff walked him to the locker room.
The Jets officially said Wilson went down with a “knee” injury and was deemed questionable to return to the game. However, he was never going to return to a meaningless preseason game.
Dennis Waszak Jr tweeted out that on the CBS television broadcast Wilson “seemed to be walking much better” as he headed to the locker room. He also noted there is still plenty of “concern” for the Jets’ young gunslinger.
Hughes said it is hard to tell when this injury happened but said he tried to “limp to the sideline” and then dropped to the ground.
An Absolute Disaster
Immediately the rest of the Jets-Eagles preseason opener seemed inconsequential.
This would be the second devastating injury this Jets team has suffered in just over a week with Mekhi Becton being ruled out for the season with a fractured kneecap.
Although the Jets were able to fill that void by signing veteran Duane Brown. If Wilson is down for any significant period of time, there is no easy solution to that problem.
After all the optimism and positivity that was built up over the past couple of months, this could take the wind completely out of the sails before the season even gets here.
We’ll have to wait and see how this one evolves but right now it doesn’t look good. We should get an update from head coach Robert Saleh in the post-game presser following the Eagles game.