Zach Wilson will undergo an MRI after suffering a knee injury in the Jets’ first preseason game

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Jets second-year quarterback Zach Wilson left New York’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles after suffering a knee injury. With over four minutes to play in the first quarter, Wilson took a first-and-10 snap from New York’s 40-yard line and scrambled to the right. Turning upfield, Wilson tried to make a cut towards the middle of the field to shake off an oncoming tackler and went down awkwardly.

He was initially helped up by a teammate and limped noticeably. Wilson was then sent to the locker room for further evaluation and the Jets official judged him doubtful to return with a knee injury. Wilson did not return to the game, and afterward Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Wilson will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Considering this is just an exhibition, it wouldn’t be surprising for the team to keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the game even if he’s healthy enough to go. However, this injury has room for concern, as it does not appear that Wilson was touched when he went down on the field. And any time there’s a non-contact injury, it should leave the team holding its breath.

Before the injury, Wilson wasn’t off to a hot start. On the Jets’ opening drive of the night, he threw a bad interception to Eagles linebacker Kyzir White on a pass intended for Corey Davis. Wilson completed three of his five passes for 23 yards and that pick before going down.

The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft enters his second season after a rocky rookie campaign. In 13 games, he completed just 55.6% of his passes for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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