Second-year quarterback Zach Wilson left the Jets’ preseason opener against the Eagles with a knee injury and did not return. There were still more than four minutes left in the first quarter when Wilson took the first-and-10 snap from New York Jets‘ 40-yard line and bolted out right.
He moved upfield and attempted a cut toward the center of the field to evade a tackler, but he fell awkwardly. At first, he needed assistance from a colleague to get up, and he was limping visibly.
Thereafter, the Jets officially listed Wilson as doubtful to return due to a knee injury, and he was taken back to the locker room for additional assessment. After the game, Jets coach Robert Saleh informed reporters that Wilson will be getting an MRI the following day (Saturday). Wilson did not return to the game.
Zach Wilson to undergo MRI scan
Since this is a preseason match, it is likely that the club would bench him for the duration of the exhibition even if he is physically capable of continuing. However, Wilson doesn’t seem to have been touched as he fell down to the field, so this injury does raise some red flags. Furthermore, the team should be on the edge of its collective seat if a non-contact injury occurs.
Wilson had a slow start before his injury. A throw intended for Corey Davis on the Jets’ first drive of the night was intercepted by Eagles linebacker Kyzir White. Before he collapsed, Wilson had completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards and an interception.