All eyes were on NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson as he underwent knee surgery with the help of the renowned Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday. While the procedure was expected to be non-invasive, there was still a chance that doctors would find additional damage to his knee.
Thankfully, the surgery was reportedly a complete success and no complications arose. Wilson has been given an estimated return timetable of anywhere from 2-4 weeks to 4-6 depending on your source.
Either way, both outcomes are better than the potentially season-ending injury that Wilson could have suffered. There was an initial fear that Wilson tore his ACL, and even after it was confirmed that there was no ligament damage, the concern was that doctors could discover further damage to his meniscus.
The fact that Wilson is only expected to miss a few weeks of the regular season at most has to be seen as a win for both the organization and their young QB. What does this mean for Wilson and the Jets in both the short term and long term?
The Zach Wilson injury update is great news for the NY Jets
While there's still a chance that Wilson will be ready to play in time for Week 1, it seems much more likely that it'll be Joe Flacco starting against his former team come next month.
The combination of the bone bruise and partial meniscus tear that Wilson suffered will keep him off his feet for weeks. The Jets will likely be cautious with his recovery timetable and the second-year QB will still have to go through a ramp-up period in practice before he's ready to return for an actual game.
All things considered, though, the Jets feel confident that Flacco can provide them with stability at the quarterback position until Wilson returns. In the short term, Wilson's absence is not a serious blow to the Jets.
As for the long-term outlook, this is about the best-case scenario the Jets could have asked for after Wilson's injury. The Jets need to figure out what they have in Wilson this season. They couldn't afford a lost season with Flacco starting at quarterback.
Wilson should be able to return before long and prove to the Jets that he's either the guy to continue building around going forward or someone the team might seriously consider moving on from in the offseason. Either way, the Jets should have their answer now.
It seems unlikely that Wilson plays Week 1, but that was never important. The most important thing for the Jets this season is evaluating Zach Wilson. Now, they should be able to do that without any unforeseen variables.