NY Jets believe the Zach Wilson injury is not serious despite early fears

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The NY Jets and their fans immediately feared the worst when quarterback Zach Wilson left Friday's preseason game early with a non-contact knee injury.

Those fears were furthered when the early reports indicated that Wilson may have in fact suffered a torn ACL. Renowned football doctor David J. Chao was among those who believed Wilson had torn his ACL based on video evidence.

However, there's optimism now that the Jets avoided a worst-case scenario with their young QB. Head coach Robert Saleh indicated Friday night that Wilson's ACL was expected to be completely intact prompting a sigh of relief from Jets faithful.

SNY's Connor Hughes later confirmed a report that Wilson appears to have reinjured his PCL, an injury that could sideline him anywhere from 2-6 weeks. That's notably the same injury (and the same knee) that Wilson sustained last season.

The Jets are still awaiting the official MRI confirmation which should come in on Saturday, but for now, there's a sense of optimism surrounding those at Florham Park at the moment.

NY Jets QB Zach Wilson may have avoided an ACL injury

Given everything that happened with the Mekhi Becton situation where the Jets believed they had avoided a worst-case scenario only for their young promising tackle to be ruled (likely) out for the season, the team is understandably being cautious with Wilson's diagnosis.

Saleh didn't want to provide a definitive update when speaking to the media on Friday night, although he was prompted to share that his ACL is intact. Even with these optimistic reports, no one is celebrating just yet.

If the PCL report is true, however, Wilson might very well be forced to miss the start of the season which would put Joe Flacco in line to face his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.

The Jets insisted earlier this summer that they believe Flacco is still a starting quarterback in this league, and he may just get the opportunity to prove that again.

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All we can do now is wait until the MRI results confirm or deny the Jets' suspicion. But for now, there's renewed optimism that the Zach Wilson injury is not nearly as bad as initially feared.