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Jets Coach Robert Salah Discusses Zach Wilson’s Availability for Week 1

With Zach Wilson slated to undergo a right-knee procedure after exiting Friday’s preseason opener, Jets coach Robert Saleh provided an update on the second-year quarterback’s status following Sunday’s practice.

Saleh told reporters Wilson, 23, is headed to Los Angeles to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus he sustained against the Eagles on Aug. 12. The former second overall pick received the diagnosis following an MRI on Saturday, the results of which also revealed Wilson suffered a bone bruise, but no ligament damage, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

Saleh was then asked about the young QB’s potential availability for Week 1 when the Jets host the Ravens on Sept. 11. Wilson is reportedly expected to miss 2-4 weeks following surgery, per Jets beat reporter Brian Costello.

“I think that’s all going depend on what happens here with the surgery and the feedback we get from the doctors,” Saleh said before adding the Jets are focusing on “gathering all the information” before coming “remotely close to making that decision.”

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Wilson’s non-contact injury occurred in the first quarter of New York’s matchup against Philadelphia as the QB attempted to make a move to avoid a defender as he scrambled upfield. He immediately headed for the locker room after limping off the field, and would not return to the contest; at the time of his exit, Wilson completed three of five pass attempts for 23 yards and one interception. 

Should Wilson end up missing the season opener, 14-year veteran Joe Flacco, who spent his first 11 seasons in Baltimore and earned Super Bowl XLVII MVP honors with the club in 2013, is projected to start under center.

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