NFL Injury Analysis: Jets Season Gets Worse

NFL Injury Analysis: Jets Season Gets Worse

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

While six teams received much-needed time off in Week 7, 26 other teams took the field. The results weren't pretty, as the margin of victory for Sunday's games was 18.6 points. Even worse, the injury list grew even longer with several notable names making early departures. 

Zach Wilson

The Jets rookie quarterback was injured in the first half of the team's blowout loss to the Patriots. Wilson injured his right knee when he was twisted during a take down by New England linebacker Matthew Judon. The result was a knee sprain, though the involved ligament is not the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Wilson's injury occurred to the ACL's partner, the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The two ligaments cross with the ACL running in front of the PCL. Together, the cruciate ligaments prevent excessive movement at the knee with the PCL specifically preventing hyperextension of the joint. The PCL also plays a role in rotation of the knee by creating an axis point. Fortunately, the PCL is stronger than the ACL, and Wilson's injury has been diagnosed as a mild or low-grade sprain.

The Jets have provided a two- to four-week recovery window for their quarterback with a trip to the injured reserve a strong possibility. However, I would err on the side of caution and anticipate Wilson returns on the latter end of the expected timeline. A PCL injury can be difficult to manage, and New York will handle their top prospect cautiously. 

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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