Zach Wilson exits Jets’ first preseason game with injury

PHILADELPHIA — Zach Wilson’s second season with the Jets went from bad to worse quickly in the team’s first preseason game Friday night.

Wilson exited the game with an a right knee injury after a 7-yard scramble in the first quarter against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but it did not look good.

The injury came after Wilson threw an interception to end the Jets’ first drive.

Zach Wilson exits the Jets' preseason game against the Eagles.
Zach Wilson exits the Jets’ preseason game against the Eagles.

The Jets have pinned their hopes on Wilson making a jump in Year 2 after struggling as a rookie in 2021. He went 3-for-5 with the interception before the injury. On first-and-10 from the Jets’ 42, Wilson scrambled to his right and was heading toward the sideline when he decided to cut in and avoid Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean. It looked like his knee buckled and he fell forward. He gained seven yards on the play.

When Wilson got to his feet, he was clearly limping. He then fell to the ground and the trainers came out to examine him with head coach Robert Saleh watching closely nearby. Wilson was able to walk off the field and immediately went to the locker room.

On the first drive of the night, Wilson threw an interception to Eagles linebacker Kyzir White.

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