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Report: Zach Wilson could return in 4-6 weeks after surgery

Jets QB was forced to leave preseason opener with multiple knee injuries. He’ll miss at least one month and possibly the first few weeks of the regular season.

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Quarterback Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets passes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars vs The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 26, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images

August 16 update, 3:30 p.m. — Wilson could return in 4-6 weeks after he undergoes knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and recovers from a bone bruise, per The Athletic. He suffered the injury in the preseason opener on August 12. One month from the injury taking place would mean Wilson misses the season opener. Longer than that and we’re looking at Wilson missing a few games at the beginning of 2022.

August 14 update, 11:30 a.m. — Wilson also suffered a meniscus tear, per Brian Costello. He will have surgery after he gets a second opinion. Costello added that Wilson’s injury requires a “trim” rather than a full repair.

August 13 update, 11 a.m. — Wilson suffered a bone bruise on Friday and his ligaments are in good shape, per Jeff Howe. There will be further tests to determine if he suffered a meniscus injury.

August 12 update — Wilson sustained a right knee injury, per the Jets. Head coach Robert Saleh told reporters after the game Wilson will undergo an MRI on the knee Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.

New York Jets QB Zach Wilson was forced to leave Friday night’s preseason opener vs. the Philadelphia Eagles after being injured on a run. Mike White replaced Wilson at QB for the Jets.

This certainly isn’t a great start to Year 2 for Wilson, who was in his first bit of preseason action. Wilson was 3/5 with 23 yards and an INT before exiting the game in favor of White. The Jets are down 14-0 to the Eagles as the first quarter comes to an end.

If this injury is anything serious, that would be less than ideal for the Jets. Chances are Wilson will be held out the rest of the game as a precaution. Joe Flacco is the other QB on the roster with White. Those two were competing for the backup QB role behind Wilson, who had a rough rookie season, throwing for 2,334 yards, nine TDs and 11 INTs in 13 games.

If Wilson is to miss any time, it shouldn’t impact his fantasy football value, at least in standard and PPR leagues. Sure, if you have him in a dynasty league, any type of injury isn’t great. Even if Wilson is fine, you likely weren’t going into the season with him as your QB1 (we hope). Get some QB insurance if anything. Most 10- and 12-team leagues you weren’t touching Wilson at QB anyway.

The Jets weren’t expected to do much this season in the second year under Robert Saleh as head coach. New York’s win total O/U was set at 5.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook. That line should shift if this injury to Wilson is anything serious.