Aaron Rodgers Is Done for the Season With Injury

QB, newly traded to the New York Jets, has a torn Achilles tendon
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2023 5:55 AM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2023 10:44 AM CDT
Aaron Rodgers' Jets Debut Is Over Shockingly Fast
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is tended to on the field during the first quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
UPDATE Sep 12, 2023 10:44 AM CDT

The New York Jets didn't get the miracle they were hoping for on Tuesday. An MRI has confirmed that quarterback Aaron Rodgers does indeed have a torn Achilles tendon and will require season-ending surgery, reports the New York Post and ESPN. Rodgers was injured on his fourth play from scrimmage Monday night in his debut with the Jets.

Sep 12, 2023 5:55 AM CDT

One of the most highly anticipated debuts of the new NFL season ended in quick, jarring fashion Monday night. Aaron Rodgers was injured on his team's first possession of the game—and it's possible he's done for the season, reports USA Today. The star quarterback, who left Green Bay for the New York Jets in a blockbuster trade in the offseason, got sacked on only his fourth play, came up hobbling, and left the game for good. Rodgers will have an MRI on Monday, and the Jets fear he suffered a devastating torn Achilles. If so, it's a safe bet the 39-year-old will not play again this season.

"MRI is probably going to confirm what we think is going to happen, so prayers tonight," said Jets coach Robert Saleh after the game, per the AP. "But it's not good." As Bill Barnwell of ESPN notes, "players who are diagnosed with a torn Achilles on the field almost invariably have the injury confirmed the following day." The strange twist for Jets fans is that despite Rodgers' injury, New York went on to upset the Bills 22-16 in overtime. Backup Zach Wilson played well enough to keep his team close, and safety Jordan Whitehead intercepted Buffalo's Josh Allen three times. Allen also fumbled the ball away late in the game. Still, losing Rodgers likely tanks the Jets' playoff hopes this year, writes Barnwell. (More Aaron Rodgers stories.)

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