Despite winning 22-16 over the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets suffered what may be the worst news of the season. Their new quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, left the game with an Achilles tendon injury. The analysis carried out on Tuesday confirmed a complete rupture of the tendon.
Aaron Rodgers was injured and helped off the field on the first Jets drive vs. the Bills. pic.twitter.com/vtKHRW566V
— ESPN (@espn) September 12, 2023
His coach, Robert Saleh, described Rodgers as "a coach who is still a player" in the post-game press conference:
We are worried. It doesn't look good.
Zach Wilson, who replaced Rodgers, also showed his concern at the end of the game:
My heart breaks for Aaron. The work he has done goes much further. I have no idea what's wrong with him, but my job is to make sure I'm prepared to get in there and lead the attack effectively. Aaron is the greatest of all time, in my opinion. I have a lot to do.
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2023
It all happened on Rodgers' fourth play with his new team. Leonard Floyd of the Bills sacked the Jets quarterback before he threw a pass. After trying to get up, he returned to the ground and had to be helped off the field by Jets’ training staff. They took him to the locker room and, there, they performed the first examinations.
In April, Rodgers, 39, ended his 18-year stint with the Green Bay Packers to play with the Jets.