Zach Wilson, NY Jets, Knee Injury
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The rehabbing QB supported his team while finding time to get in some bike reps on the sideline

New York Jets fans kept their eyes peeled for Zach Wilson during Sunday’s preseason finale vs. the New York Giants.

They sighted the team’s quarterback hard at work on the bike as he rehabs from the scary-looking knee injury that he suffered during the team’s victory against the Eagles two weeks ago.

 

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Wilson’s injury occurred on a non-contact play as he attempted to evade an Eagles tackler and gain additional run yardage. When his knee buckled, Twitter doctors universally proclaimed the second-year signal-caller out for the season with a torn ACL. Fortunately for the Jets, the injury was not nearly as long-lasting: a bone bruise and partially torn meniscus are expected to keep Wilson out two-to-four weeks.

Wilson was spotted again on Chris Streveler’s game-winning touchdown pass to Calvin Jackson Jr., seen celebrating with Jets teammates.

Wilson’s status for Week 1 is up in the air. Head coach Robert Saleh has said that Wilson will play only if he has practiced before the game. That seems highly unlikely, and the Jets are prepared to go with Joe Flacco until Wilson is back to 100%.

Flacco struggled in today’s dress rehearsal vs. the Giants. He went 7-for-12 for 76 yards with a terrible pick-six that fell right into the waiting arms of Giants LB Austin Calitro, whom Flacco did not see. Still, the veteran QB can hold things down while their starter recovers. As Michael Nania detailed, Flacco may actually be a good option for the Jets vs. the Ravens in Week 1, having succeeded previously in the Shanahan scheme that Mike LaFleur runs and possessing the tools to beat the Ravens defense.

Meanwhile, the team hopes that Zach Wilson can return as quickly as possible. Besides his offensive upside that is far higher than the aging Flacco’s, the biggest goal of this season is the development of the former No. 2 overall pick. Wilson is already behind the eight-ball with the reps he has missed in camp and preseason due to his injury.

Still, it is good to see Wilson on the sideline in good spirits and using the bike. Without reading too deeply into things, it means that his knee can’t be in awful shape following the surgery to repair his meniscus.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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