One of the pivotal moments in Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets came in the early second quarter, when Zach Wilson remained on the ground after being hit by Matthew Judon. The Jets’ rookie quarterback was eventually unable to finish the game, and his outlook remains in question.
After the game, Judon took to social media to share his thoughts on the injury.
“You hate to see injuries. Especially if you’re a part of them. I’ll be praying for you, Zach Wilson,” the Patriots linebacker wrote.
The play happened on a deep pass that saw Judon land hard on the young QB. Wilson immediately left the game and was later ruled out because of a knee injury. After the game, he noted that a PCL injury appeared to be most likely upon initial testing.
As for the play itself, Wilson explained it as follows.
“I threw the ball and I think my toe kind of just got stuck in the ground and Judon just kind of fell on it with all of his weight and that kind of twisted it,” he said. “Felt a pop there and it just was... obviously thinking of the worst-case scenario in my head which sucks but just making sure it’s going to be alright hopefully. Just get it checked out. It’s obviously frustrating, injuries are part of the game of football so just dealing with them as we can and be able to come back.”
The Jets’ quarterback, who was replaced by backup Mike White for the rest of the contest, was also asked whether or not he felt the play was a dirty one. Wilson did not share this opinion.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say that the one I hurt it on was anything bad. I didn’t watch the clip. I didn’t think he had tried to hurt me,” he said. “I think that injuries are just part of the game.”
New York head coach Robert Saleh said the same thing after the game.
“I haven’t seen the replay on the one he actually got hurt on,” he said. “From my understanding, it was fine. His knee drove into the ground, and that’s what caused the injury, so...”
With Wilson out, the Jets lost 54-13 to the Patriots.