The New York Jets are ramping things up for quarterback Zach Wilson
However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has revealed that Zach Wilson‘s season debut may be on the horizon.
Wilson is expected to take “a little bit of a step in practice this week,” Rapoport says.
“[Wilson is] going to take part in 7-on-7s a little more than he did previously, just to ramp him up and see if they can get to the point where he is a full go by the time they get to Steelers week. That is the goal; he is recovering from meniscus surgery and a bone bruise, bone bruise probably proving to be the one that takes a little more time. But if he can get through the practice week this week, then you might see him fully against the Steelers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2022
The Jets’ Week 4 road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was head coach Robert Saleh‘s initial target for the “earliest” Wilson could return when discussing the injury prior to Week 1. It appears Wilson remains on track to reach that goal.
Wilson returned to practice in limited fashion ahead of the team’s Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns. He participated in some 7-on-7 drills and appeared to be moving around smoothly. Wilson had no brace on his injured knee.
This week’s contest will mark Wilson’s seventh missed game out of 20 team games since he joined the Jets. Durability is certainly becoming a long-term concern for him, so the Jets are wise to play things as safe as possible and make sure Wilson is completely healthy before putting him back out there.