New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he is optimistic everything goes well with Zach Wilson's knee procedure and noted the team does not want to make any clear prognosis until after the procedure is done. In Jets' preseason opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles, suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus in his right knee.
On Thursday, Wilson is set to undergo a knee procedure in Los Angeles. The procedure will be performed by Neal ElAttrache, the team physican for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers. "We're optimistic, but he's not out of the woods until they get in there and make the decision [on how to handle the meniscus]," Saleh said, per ESPN.
Saleh on Wilson missing the preseason
When Wilson initially went down, the Jets feared the worst case scenario and that their quarterback would be out for the entire season. Fortunately, the worst case scenario was avoided as Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks.
"It's a setback in that he's missing an unbelievable opportunity to get the reps in, to play other defenses, especially the Giants, who have such an elaborate pressure-package system," Saleh added. "He has to get dialed in, just like he did last year when he was hurt.
The timing of it all is terrible and it sucks, but I think Zach still has an opportunity to grow from it if he attacks it mentally." While Wilson is sidelined, veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will be receiving the starting quarterback reps.
Flacco is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the league, having been a quarterback in the league for a over a decade. Reacting to the news, Flacco said he was glad that Wilson and the Jets escaped the worst case scenario.
"I think, considering what happened, we got pretty good news," Flacco said. "I think he's in good spirits today." It remains to be seen if Wilson will be ready for Week 1.