Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson has taken plenty of hits in his young NFL career — he was sacked 18 times heading into Sunday’s action — but the latest was more severe than before.
The New York Jets’ No. 2 overall pick exited the team’s 54-13 loss against the New England Patriots just over three minutes into the second quarter with the Jets trailing 17-0 after he took a hit to the back from the Patriots’ Matt Judon on a long pass downfield. That came after his leg twisted awkwardly as he was hit by New England’s Lawrence Guy earlier in the drive.
Zach Wilson takes back to back brutal hits on the leg. Gross. No flags on either protect the QB? pic.twitter.com/3GLbx8PTOe— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 24, 2021
Wilson stayed on the field for a few moments before limping off the field and exiting to the medical tent. By the third quarter, he was ruled out for the game.
Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters the quarterback will have an MRI on Monday, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the initial belief is that Wilson suffered a PCL injury to his right knee.
Zach Wilson confirms the belief is a PCL injury and described his knee as loose. Not great. https://t.co/mIuwhLuszX— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2021
Wilson told reporters postgame the first hit, from Guy, was to his left knee, while the second, from Judon, was where the right knee injury happened. He acknowledged the team heard it could be a PCL injury — that would “probably be the best-case scenario,” he said — while adding he wasn’t sure what that exact injury entails.
“Obviously, the pain really isn’t there, it just kinda feels like something is off as far as being loose or unstable a little bit,” Wilson said. “Just making sure we get the MRI to clear up things.”
Wilson completed 6 of 10 for 51 yards before leaving the game. He was also sacked once.
Mike White replaced Wilson at QB, throwing a touchdown to end the drive. White finished the game completing 20 of 32 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.