The NY Jets have been preparing to be without Zach Wilson in Week 1 since the second-year quarterback was forced to undergo a minor knee procedure after suffering an injury in the team's first preseason game.
However, there's still a chance that Wilson is able to suit up next Sunday, and head coach Robert Saleh confirmed that when speaking to the media on Monday.
Saleh told reporters that the Jets put Wilson through a workout on Monday and that "it went well." He said that there was a possibility that Wilson could play in Week 1 and that the team would make their final decision on Wednesday.
That certainly sounds like a positive update. Even if Wilson is unable to play on Sunday, the fact that he already went through a successful workout and that the Jets haven't ruled him out yet is a good sign that he should be able to return to the field before long.
The NY Jets might have Zach Wilson back sooner rather than later
If Wilson is unable to play, the Jets will turn to veteran Joe Flacco who would have the opportunity to face his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.
If Flacco does start against the Ravens and the Jets win, he would become one of just three active quarterbacks, along with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, to have beaten at least 31 of the NFL's 32 franchises. Brady is the only active QB to have defeated all 32 teams.
The Jets have full confidence in Flacco and the veteran QB has played well this summer. They're not going to rush Wilson back into action, but at the same time, he's going to play if he's healthy.
Wilson enters a crucial second season in the NFL after an underwhelming rookie campaign. With an improved supporting cast around him, Wilson can't afford to disappoint again.
It all starts with him getting healthy, however. Monday's injury update was a step in the right direction.