New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson’s right knee surgery has been deemed a success, sources say – ESPN

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson's right knee surgery has been deemed a success, sources say - ESPN

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The New York Jets can breathe a sigh of relief.

Goalkeeper Zach WilsonTuesday’s arthroscopic knee surgery was deemed a success, with no surprises from the original diagnosis, sources told ESPN.

Wilson was diagnosed with a meniscus tear and bone bruise after a non-contact injury last Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, with sources initially saying the recovery would be two to four weeks. There was no updated schedule, but the Jets avoided the nightmare scenario — a season-ending injury to their second-year quarterback.

The meniscus required only “trimming,” one source said — as the Jets expected. They were optimistic about the extent of the damage, but they refrained from making any definitive statements until the arthroscopy, which was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The Jets are ready to go Joe Flacco in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, the team he led to the Super Bowl title after the 2012 season.

The Jets don’t want to rush Wilson back onto the field, with sources stressing they won’t play him until he’s 100 percent. That he injured the same knee last season — suffering a sprained PCL that cost him four games — is a factor. He’ll likely take at least two weeks of practice before he’s cleared to play, so the calendar is working against him as far as opening day goes.

Wilson, drafted second overall in 2021, went down on the second series of the preseason opener. Coming out of the pocket, he tried to gain extra yards instead of running out of bounds. When he made a cut inside, his knee buckled and he dived to the grass. He immediately left the game. The next day, the MRI revealed the bone bruise and meniscal tear. Wilson opted for a second opinion and traveled to Los Angeles.

In other injury news, the Jets placed right tackle Mekhi Becton (fractured knee cap) on injured reserve, ending his season. To replace him, they signed a left tackle Duane Brown and moved George Fant to right gear.

The Jets have geared their entire offseason around Wilson, adding players around him, so a season-ending injury would be a devastating blow. However, coach Robert Saleh called it “a setback because he’s missing an incredible opportunity to get reps in, play other defenses.”

Wilson will miss preseason games against the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. The Jets also have joint practices against those teams, which Saleh believes are invaluable.

Flacco, 37, has looked sharp in practice the last three days, but he hasn’t had much recent success as a starter. He hasn’t won a start since 2019 (with the Denver Broncos) and has lost 14 of his last 16, dating back to 2018 – his final season with the Ravens. Saleh said he is confident in Flacco and Mike Whitewhich moves up to second-string.

“It’s comforting and I’ll shout out Mike White, too,” Saleh said. “I think we have three starting quarterbacks. Joe has proven in his time that he’s a winner. I know his record here hasn’t been that great. I think he’s 0-5 or something like that… [but] he was efficient. Even in our Miami game last year, when he started, he was very effective. We have all the faith in the world in him to get the job done.”

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