December 21, 2023

At a press conference on Wednesday, head coach Robert Saleh of the New York Jets made an effort to provide clarification on the nature of Zach Wilson’s concussion sustained during the team’s 30-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.


According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Saleh described the incident as follows: “Sometimes we don’t always catch it right and that’s why we have the NFL spotters to spot things up top and all that stuff.” “But players do not want to come off the pitch, too, and you always encourage them to communicate.”


Before being officially diagnosed with a concussion, Wilson was said to have left Sunday’s game due to problems with dehydration. The 24-year-old effectively concealed signs of a brain injury from coaches and medical staff because he “didn’t want to go out” and “didn’t want to stop playing,” as his mother later disclosed on social media.


Wilson was benched for the third time since November 2022 and was reportedly “reluctant to step back into the starting role” because of injury worries, according to a report from earlier this month.That narrative was later doused in mud by Saleh, Wilson, and others.


“Well done, Zach; he’s going to fight,” Saleh continued on Wednesday. “One thing I will say about that young man is that he never fails to get up.” Regardless of how many hits he’s taken or how many times he’s had to flee for his life, he has consistently returned to the huddle.

I am really grateful to him for that, but I’m also grateful that it was discovered early so we could provide him the care he requires.”


As of Saleh’s update, Wilson is still under the concussion protocol, but he hasn’t been ruled out of this Sunday’s home game against the 4-10 Washington Commanders. Everyone concerned might believe that starting backup Trevor Siemian against Washington is the wisest course of action given the 5-9 Jets’ elimination from postseason play.

This will allow Wilson to get closer to 100% for the team’s Week 17 meeting against the Cleveland Browns on December 28.

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