Jets QB Zach Wilson undergoes successful knee surgery, with Joe Flacco to start in Week 1


New York Jets star QB Zach Wilson undergoes successful knee surgery in huge boost for team after worrying preseason injury… but Joe Flacco will start the season until the second-year signal caller is healthy to return

  • Zach Wilson was injured on second series of the preseason against the Eagles
  • His meniscus wasn’t seriously damaged & he’s expected to be back this season
  • Wilson has had successful surgery, leaving fans delighted after their initial panic 
  • In the meantime, former Ravens QB Joe Flacco will step into the starting role 

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Jets fans can exhale as their latest quarterback of the future underwent a successful knee surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear, with the recovery time not expected to last long.

While the Jets did not reveal a timetable for QB Zach Wilson to recover, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe says he could return in four to six weeks. 

Wilson suffered a non-contact injury in a preseason game with the Philadelphia Eagles last Friday night.

The Jets will be without second-year starter Zach Wilson for the first weeks of the season

The Jets will be without second-year starter Zach Wilson for the first weeks of the season

Wilson on the ground after an injury against the Eagles

Wilson on the ground after an injury against the Eagles

Wilson walked off the field after his injury but went to LA for surgery

Wilson walked off the field after his injury but went to LA for surgery

After only the second series of the preseason, Wilson hurt his knee and is out for a few weeks

Zach Wilson’s 2021 season (ranked against QB’s with 13 or more games played) 

Yards: 2,334 (last)

Completion percentage: 55.6% (last)

Touchdowns: 9 (last)

Interceptions: 11 (15th most)

Passer Rating: 69.7 (last)

In only the second series of the team’s preseason opener, Wilson scrambled out of the pocket in an attempt to gain more yards rather than running out of bounds.

As he made a cut to the inside, Wilson’s knee buckled and he hit the turf, and he was forced to leave the game immediately. 

The second-year QB out of Brigham Young University was flown out to Los Angeles to undergo treatment, where sources told ESPN that Wilson’s meniscus only required a ‘trim’.

While a short term headache, a season ending injury would have been a tremendous pain for a Jets team that added pieces this offseason to improve Wilson’s performance.

Last season, Wilson’s 13 games started for the Jets were not a great benchmark to start his career.

Compared to the rest of the league’s QBs with 13 or more games played, Wilson was bottom of the league in passing yards, completion percentage, touchdowns, and passer rating.

Even when that’s expanded to QBs with 12 games played, which accommodates for injured players like Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and those in turbulent locker rooms like Carolina’s Sam Darnold and Chicago’s Justin Fields, Wilson’s stats are still last for completion percentage and passer rating. 

Additionally, when it comes to Wilson’s touchdown and passing yard numbers only Justin Fields was worse.

That might be less of an indictment on Wilson than it is on the front office of the Jets, who were able to draft well and get pieces that should improve their passing game for the future. 

While Wilson recovers, Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco will step into the starting role for the foreseeable future. 

Joe Flacco will step in for Wilson for the first few weeks of the NFL season as he recovers

Joe Flacco will step in for Wilson for the first few weeks of the NFL season as he recovers

Joe Flacco will step in for Wilson for the first few weeks of the NFL season as he recovers

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