- Rodgers injured early on against the Bills
- Wilson comes on and excels
- Initial scan on Rodgers negative
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a high-profile debut for the New York Jets, only to be carted off the field after a devastating ankle injury during the fourth play in the team’s Monday night clash against the Buffalo Bills.
The unfortunate incident unfolded in the opening drive of the first quarter when Rodgers fell prey to a fierce sack by Bills’ edge rusher, Leonard Floyd.
Displaying incredible resolve, the four-time Most Valuable Player attempted to soldier on for a brief moment before succumbing to the pain, prompting immediate attention from the Jets’ medical staff. Eventually, he was assisted off the field at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Following a thorough examination within the medical confines of the blue tent on the sidelines, the 39-year-old icon was subsequently transported to the locker room via cart and remained absent for the remainder of the game.
During the postgame press conference, Jets head coach Robert Saleh expressed the team’s deep concern regarding Rodgers’ Achilles tendon, stating, “(We’re) concerned with his Achilles (tendon). MRI’s probably going to confirm what we think is already going to happen with his Achilles, so prayers tonight. But, it’s not good.”
Providing a glimmer of hope, it was revealed that Rodgers’ X-rays yielded negative results, as confirmed by the team via X (formerly known as Twitter).
Stepping into the breach, backup quarterback Zach Wilson took charge of the game in place of the injured Rodgers.
“I hurt for Aaron, and how much he’s invested in all of this,” Saleh empathised. “I’m still going to say a prayer. I’m still going to hold out hope.”
Prior to his transfer in the offseason, Rodgers had dedicated a remarkable 18 seasons of his illustrious NFL career to the Green Bay Packers, a tenure highlighted by a pivotal victory in Super Bowl XLV in 2011, with a 31-25 triumph.
Rodgers’ remarkable legacy was further underlined by a quartet of MVP awards clinched in 2011, 2014, 2020, and 2021, as he etched his name in the annals of the sport through unparalleled accuracy and lethal prowess over the years.
Despite Wilson’s fine performance a lengthy absence for Rodgers would be a blow to the Jets. Bettors need to keep up with this story to see how long Rodgers will be out for, and must monitor the Jets’ performances without him, especially the individual performances of Wilson, to help them make their picks for individual matches and outrights.