Muhammad Wilkerson charged with careless driving after crash

AP

Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson escaped with only minor injuries — and two relatively minor traffic charges — after a car accident on Saturday.

Wilkerson, a 2011 first-round draft pick, was charged with careless driving and failure to maintain his lane after striking another car and overturning his own car on the Garden State Parkway early Saturday morning, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports.

Police responded to the accident at 4:29 a.m. on Saturday. Wilkerson crawled out of his car and was taken to the hospital but was not badly hurt, and he was checked by the Jets’ medical staff today and the team expects him to be ready to go at the start of training camp. No one in the car he hit was badly hurt, either.

“First and foremost, other than the minor injuries, he’s OK and everyone else involved is OK but I do not have a lot of details,” Wilkerson’s agent Chad Wiestling said.

The Jets think Wilkerson is going to have a breakout season this year. He’s lucky that this accident didn’t derail those plans.