- Aaron Rodgers sustained a potential Achilles injury during the first quarter in his debut game for the New York Jets.
- Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh expressed deep concern about the injury and is awaiting MRI results.
- Backup quarterback Zach Wilson stepped in and will likely be the Jets’ starter for the coming games.
- Despite Rodgers’ exit, the Jets managed a 22-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.
In what was to be a triumphant debut for four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers with the New York Jets, the season began on a grim note.
Rodgers, who joined the Jets after 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, sustained an injury during the first quarter of the opening game against the Buffalo Bills. After being sacked by Bills’ defensive end Leonard Floyd, Rodgers was visibly distressed, prompting immediate medical attention.
Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh expressed his concerns postgame, stating, “Concerned with his Achilles…An MRI is probably going to confirm what we think has happened, so prayers tonight. But it’s not good.”
While initial X-rays were negative, the MRI results are yet to be disclosed.
"Concerned with his Achilles. MRI is probably gonna confirm what we think is already going to happen. So prayers tonight, but It's not good."— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) September 12, 2023
– Jets head coach Robert Saleh on Aaron Rodgers pic.twitter.com/4CIBk5gV12
A Season of High Hopes
Having recently shifted from the Green Bay Packers to the Jets in an offseason deal, Rodgers was a beacon of hope and excitement for Jets fans.
The team’s expectation for the season was palpable, with Rodgers highlighting the team’s lone Super Bowl trophy and commenting on how it looked lonely.
The Jets went out with their pregame ceremonies, marking the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a moment of silence and fireworks. Unfortunately, their season of high hopes now seems uncertain.
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Backup Steps Up
With Rodgers’ injury, backup quarterback Zach Wilson took the helm and is expected to be the Jets’ starter for the foreseeable future.
Despite the initial shock, the team regrouped and secured a 22-16 victory over the Bills, showcasing resilience and adaptability.