Jets QB Zach Wilson’s rehab progressing well, could start Sunday against Ravens

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NEW YORK — After Zach Wilson’s meniscus trim and bone bruise injury last month, it appeared he could miss a few regular-season games.

But Jets fans received some encouraging news on Monday about the former No. 2 overall pick.

Wilson worked out with the rest of the Jets team during Monday’s practice. With an off day scheduled for Tuesday, the team will assess where Wilson is before announcing Wednesday who will start against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.

“It does nothing for us from a game plan standpoint,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said on not announcing the starting quarterback on Monday. “All three of our quarterbacks are capable of running our offense at a high level.”

Wilson suffered a meniscus injury and a bone bruise during the first quarter of the Jets’ preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles last month. After fears he could possibly be out for the season, Wilson had surgery to trim the meniscus. The prognosis was about two to four weeks before Wilson would return to the field.

As he’s been trying to heal, backup quarterback Joe Flacco has been running the first-team offense during practices during the last three weeks and played in the Jets' preseason finale against the Giants. Saleh said Wilson missing those practice and game snaps will not factor into his decision to start Wilson Sunday.

“Eventually, whether it’s this week, next week, it’s going to be the same story,” Saleh said. “Eventually, he has to get back in there whether it’s this week, next week it doesn’t matter.

“You just have to rip the bandage off. When Zach is ready to play and he’s healthy and I’ve said that from the beginning, he’s going to go out there and play and play football.”

This is Wilson’s second injury to his right knee within the last 11 months. Last season, Wilson suffered a sprained PCL in Week 7 that kept him out for four games. He didn’t have surgery on the knee, but he played the remainder of the season with a brace.

Wilson is coming off an up-and-down rookie season where he completed 55.6% of his passes while throwing nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

During the offseason, the Jets improved their offensive line on paper by signing veterans Laken Tomlinson and Duane Brown to patrol the left side. Tomlinson said he isn’t worried about Wilson whenever he returns to the field.

“The training staff has done a good job with him,” Tomlinson said. “We believe when he’s ready to go out there, he will be 100 percent ready to go.

“Zach is a special player with the way that he handles himself and operates this offense. We are really impressed with his work.

For us at the end of the day, we have to do our jobs up front and we have to protect the quarterback and we also have to open up holes for the running backs and that’s our 100 percent focus.”