Report: Zach Wilson needs meniscus trim, expects to miss 2-4 weeks

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Jets quarterback Zach Wilson appears to have avoided the worst-case scenario with his knee injury.

Wilson left Friday night’s preseason opener after hurting his knee and a report on Saturday morning indicated he had a bone bruise with tests for a meniscus injury still in progress. Those tests showed a tear, but not the most serious one that Wilson could have suffered.

Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that Wilson will need to have his meniscus trimmed surgically, which has a far quicker recovery timeline than if he needed to have a full repair. The current belief is that he will miss two-to-four weeks after having surgery, although that could change once doctors have a full view of the meniscus during the procedure.

Given the nature of Wilson’s non-contact injury, missing weeks rather than months or an entire season would be a good outcome for Wilson and the Jets even though he’ll miss valuable time on the practice field. Joe Flacco will be in line to start at quarterback until Wilson is cleared to return.

39 responses to “Report: Zach Wilson needs meniscus trim, expects to miss 2-4 weeks

  1. Why not start Mike White rather than Joe? Mike showed promise last year. Might as well see if he can progress.

  2. Good chance Flacco will start the season and play well enough to keep the starting QB job for the Jets.

  3. Wishing the kid a speedy and full recovery – Go Zach Wilson, Go Cougars, Go Jets!!!

  4. I had “meniscus trim” twice, led to ACL after that. You have one, in football you will have more. This could have been a blessing if they chose White. But if White had a little success, it will be a issue for Wilson and Saleh. Wilson is not an NFL starter, unless he’s on the Jets.

  5. I believe we were told Flacco should be a starting quarterback in the NFL by a certain coach recently. Let the veteran show the kid for a couple weeks, sounds good. I actually like the Jets more now than if Wilson starts the year, if Flacco can get them to .500. Let Wilson get fully healed though please! Vikings fans would love to square off against the Jets in the Superbowl 🙂

  6. Really happy for the Jets & their fans. It had sounded like the worst last night.

    Weird that the immediate reaction of some opposing fans was to gloat about it. Injuries suck.

  7. Mike White is not going to start cause they don’t start a controversy like last year. Joe will start so Zach can come back as the Star Savior

  8. In that song “your shin bone is connected to your thigh bone.” The Meniscus didn’t rhyme so they left it out, but it’s an important bit of kit.

  9. finfan63 says:
    August 13, 2022 at 12:09 pm
    I had “meniscus trim” twice, led to ACL after that


    Meniscus had zero to do with ACL. If you had an issue they were unrelated

  10. 49ers are excited that the Garappolo trade scenario is heating up early. I bet the Jets were already talking to them yesterday…

  11. Maybe the bulking up and adding 22 pounds this off-season to try and emulate Allen wasn’t such a good idea for Wilson..must not have put enough time on bulking up his legs too!

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    nhpats2011 says:
    August 13, 2022 at 12:41 pm
    finfan63 says:
    August 13, 2022 at 12:09 pm
    I had “meniscus trim” twice, led to ACL after that


    Meniscus had zero to do with ACL. If you had an issue they were unrelated
    Has EVERYTHING to do with it. Reducing the meniscus size removes stability. Important in football

  13. Pretty good news really. Hopefully, he will make a speedy recovery and return in no time.

  14. Well Saleh Flacco was good enough to start so time to see. I don’t anybody had the heart to tell him the film he was watching on Flacco was from 2013.

  15. Basically a moron regarding everything NFL. The Pats troll’s day is coming. He’ll disappear when They’re 0-5.

  16. How about running out of bounds rather then picking up a few extra yards in a preseason game?

  17. touchback6 says:
    August 13, 2022 at 1:53 pm
    John Harbaugh got on a conference call late last night with Saleh.


    Yeah they read this message board and had a good laugh at your expense

  18. “Not sure why Jets fans are excited for this interception machine to return”

    Allen is the best QB in the division. But I’m betting Wilson is #2 within 2 years.

    The ‘Bama guys can battle it out for the 3rd spot.

  19. davebythesea,

    Whenever I hear that song, for some reason it is with the voice of Dr Nick Riviera.

  20. “Rookie Mac Jones > Rookie Josh Allen”

    Fun fact: rookie Baker Mayfield was better than rookie Josh Allen also.

  21. This may put a damper on his running, which is a part of his game. But this definitely falls on the “more positive than negative” side of things. It won’t help the year 2 jump thing though.

    I’d make sure White is ready to play the opener if need be. The Jets WR core is not the jump ball type that Flacco will need, except for maybe Cory Davis.

  22. A bone bruise AND a “slight” tear of his MCL. 2-4 weeks? Ya right. If he’s under center by game 5 he’ll be lucky.

  23. Meniscus trim is not recommended for long term stability. Meniscus trim is not meniscus repair. Meniscus trim removes part of the meniscus, making it smaller and less stable to absorb future impact. Chance for arthritus complications is very high.

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