The New York Jets got quite a scare this weekend after second-year defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson got into a two-car automobile accident that totaled his vehicle, but did result in any major injuries.
The 22-year-old Wilkerson was traveling north on the Garden State Parkway around 4:30 am Saturday when he struck a minivan, sending his 2011 Dodge Challenger out of control and onto its roof.
No one in the minivan was seriously injured, and Wilkerson was taken to a Newark hospital to treat some minor injuries after he was forced to crawl out from underneath the vehicle after it flipped.
The 6’4, 315 lb New Jersey native was the Jets’ first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Temple University, and had a strong rookie season in Rex Ryan‘s defense.
The Jets believe that the versatile Wilkerson can be a high-impact player for them, both in 2012 and well beyond. The team is certainly breathing a sigh of relief that he was able to escape without serious harm.
The young defensive lineman was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, and will have to pay a small fine for careless driving.
He required only a few stitches to his forearm, but was otherwise unscathed. It’s not expected to affect his availability during training camp or the season.
Muhammad Wilkerson is quickly becoming a key cog on the Jets defense, and teaming with 2012 first-rounder Quinton Coples gives the Jets the athleticism on the defensive line that they’ve been lacking for some time.
He’s a vital piece of the puzzle for Rex Ryan and company, and everyone involved is fortunate that he was able to walk away without any major damage to anything other than his vehicle.