Reports: Jets QB Zach Wilson could be ready for Week 1 return after knee surgery

Zach Wilson got good news from his surgery on Tuesday to repair his injured knee.

There was no additional damage beyond his initial diagnosis, and the New York Jets quarterback could be ready for a Week 1 return, according to multiple reports. The Jets don't intend to rush him back until he's ready.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports that Wilson's surgery was "deemed a success" and that "there were no surprises" after his initial diagnosis of a bone bruise and torn meniscus. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that "Week 1 is in play" for Wilson. Both reported that the Jets won't play him until he's 100%.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL pre-season football game, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Zach Wilson had surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Wilson injured his right knee during Friday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He fell to the turf after planting his right leg while scrambling and came up limping after the non-contact injury.

He did not return to the game. The injury was to the same knee that sustained a PCL sprain in 2021 and sidelined the then-rookie for four games.

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Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, completed 55.6% of his passes for 179.5 yards per game as a rookie while throwing nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 starts. The Jets are hoping to see significant progress from Wilson in his second season, and his injury presented a setback. Tuesday's news that there was no further damage to his knee is a best-case scenario.

Veteran Joe Flacco is Wilson's backup and will presumably take his place behind center during the regular season until Wilson is healthy enough to return. The Jets open their regular season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11.