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Aaron Rodgers played only four snaps Monday night in his debut for the New York Jets before being sacked and injuring his left ankle.
“You can’t make that (expletive) up.” one fan said as Rodgers left the field.
Rodgers was ruled out for the rest of the game against the Buffalo Bills, and Jets fans’ big fear came true Tuesday morning as an MRI confirmed Rodgers tore his Achilles, as first reported by NFL Network, thus ruling him out for the season.
The athlete had injured the same leg in OTAs and missed some practices with a strained left calf muscle. The injury appeared fully healed by training camp.
Backup quarterback Zach Wilson entered the game for the Jets after the injury.
A future Hall of Fame quarterback, Rodgers drew immense anticipation and excitement from fans who packed MetLife Stadium on opening night. The Jets, featured in the HBO series Hard Knocks, appeared poised to have an incredible season with Rodgers under center.
The team holds the longest playoff drought in the National Football League, which dates to 2010. Aaron Rodgers, the four-time Most Valuable Player and 2010 Super Bowl MVP with the Green Bay Packers, was thought to be the missing link that would put an already talented roster over the hump.
The Jets traded for Rodgers in the offseason. The Jets gave up a lot to the Packers as they sent Green Bay a first-round pick, second-round pick, sixth-round pick, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick in return for one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. Rodgers, now 39 years old, had only ever played in Green Bay, where he went to ten Pro Bowls, before moving to New York.
Rodger’s former teammate with Green Bay, David Bakhtiari, tweeted, “I’m sick of this,” He wrote, “Do better!” addressing the NFL refusing to make all fields grass rather than artificial surface. Many players are upset the league plans to install grass for the 2026 World Cup but will not act quickly to change the surface for NFL games despite increased injury risk on artificial turf.
Despite Rodgers’ absence, the Jets went on to win 22-16 over the Bills Monday night on a game-winning punt return in overtime by Xavier Gipson.
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