Zach Wilson traveled to Los Angeles and can endure surgical procedure on his knee Tuesday, based on Jets coach Robert Saleh, who’s withholding declarations of a fast restoration.
“They’ll know more when they get in there,” Saleh mentioned. “We’re optimistic but we’re not out of the woods until they get in there and make the decision.”
The optimistic restoration timeline is 2-to-4 weeks after Wilson tore his meniscus in Friday’s preseason opener in opposition to the Eagles, the results of a tough minimize on his proper leg throughout a scramble.
Although the Jets prevented a worse-case state of affairs of an ACL tear, the truth that their franchise quarterback goes beneath the knife is discouraging. Wilson additionally missed video games final season due to a proper knee harm.
Regardless of Wilson’s standing for the common season opener in opposition to the Ravens on Sept. 11, the 23-year-old is bound to overlook the rest of coaching camp and preseason, together with in opposition to the Giants on Aug. 28.
“It’s a setback in that he’s missing an unbelievable opportunity to get these reps in, to play against other defenses, especially the Giants who have such an elaborate pressure package system,” Saleh mentioned. “But he’s got to stay dialed in just like last year when he was hurt, learn from his teammates and try to be involved mentally as much as he can be. The timing of it overall is terrible and it sucks but I think Zach has an opportunity to grow from it if he attacks it mentally.”
The probably state of affairs is Joe Flacco beginning Week 1 in opposition to the Ravens, coincidentally the one he led to a Super Bowl victory in 2013.
“Obviously people are going to bring it up to me (playing your former team). And you think about that,” Flacco mentioned. “Usually the emotions are definitely crazy. Guys try to act like they’re cool. I’ve thought about it a little bit. I’m going to make sure it’s not the biggest deal in the world, but I’ve seen guys go through it.”
BROWN TAKES FANT’S SPOT
Newly signed Duane Brown is the projected starter at left sort out, Saleh confirmed, which means George Fant will transfer to the fitting facet.
The growth might be a downer for Fant, who performed nicely at left sort out final season and is getting into the ultimate yr of his contract. Traditionally, left tackles are paid extra.
“I just want to be taken care of,” Fant mentioned throughout coaching camp.
Fant was introduced because the beginning left sort out earlier than the season-ending harm to Mekhi Becton, who’s in L.A. for a physician session earlier than present process surgical procedure to restore a fractured kneecap.
Becton’s harm hastened the signing of Brown, a 36-year-old Pro Bowler who now forces Fant’s transfer to the opposite facet of the O-line. Saleh mentioned he had a “very good and productive conversation” with Fant and tried to promote it to the media as a product of the 30-year-old’s versatility.
“His curse is also a blessing in that he’s extremely versatile and very athletic,” Saleh mentioned.
The offensive line has been in flux since Saleh took over, largely due to Becton’s availability, or lack thereof.
“We just want those five goes out there together,” Saleh mentioned. “We have not had continuity at all in that group through OTAs. We just want five guys to play together and build some continuity.”
LAWSON RETURN PUSHED BACK
Friday’s preseason opener was presupposed to be the return of defensive finish Carl Lawson, who missed all of final season with an Achilles tear.
Instead, Saleh made a last-minute resolution to maintain Lawson off the lively record.
“He was pissed,” Saleh mentioned.
The coach mentioned he wished to take it slower with Lawson’s restoration, ensuring he first cleared the psychological hurdle of being prepared for his first sport for the reason that Achilles surgical procedure.
Saleh mainly assured Lawson would play the following preseason contest – Aug. 22 in opposition to the Falcons.
“He’ll play for sure for sure,” Saleh mentioned. “For sure for sure.”