Zach Wilson Leaves Jets’ Preseason Opener at Philly with Knee Injury

Zach Wilson Leaves Jets’ Preseason Opener at Philly with Knee Injury

Published August 13, 2022
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Wilson, who appeared to injure his right leg on a non-contact in-cut rather than taking the ball out of bounds, hobbled back toward the huddle, then sat down on the Lincoln Financial Field turf before he got there. After an extended conversation with the Jets medical staff on the field, he got up, walked off the field and into the Linc’s visitors locker room, all under his own power and all without a limp.

Word came a few minutes later that Wilson had injured his right knee, with no word on how severe it is. But considering that head coach Robert Saleh said two days earlier that his starting QB and most other starters would go one or at the most two drives before leaving the field for the night, the Jets’ starting QB was not returning to this game. With Joe Flacco on the sidelines but not in uniform, Mike White came in for Wilson.

Wilson’s stat line for his short night’s work: 3-for-5 passing for 23 yards, one INT and no sacks and that one rush for 7 yards. He left the game with the Jets trailing the Eagles, 14-0, but White led the offense to a 26-yard field goal by Eddy Piñeiro to trim that deficit to 14-3 with 1:28 gone at the start of the second quarter.

The INT was turned in by LB Kyzir White on a toss over the middle intended for veteran WR Corey Davis. It was the first pick Wilson had thrown since Game 12 of last regular season, at MetLife Stadium … against, as it turns out, the Eagles, with S Marcus Epps making that theft. Wilson had gone 158 game passing attempts in between interceptions. That streak, of course will restart at 155 straight throws without a pick when Wilson returns to the field for the regular season.