Rodgers was injured on just the Jets’ fourth offensive snap of their season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. There was minor hope that it would be a less serious ankle injury that wasn’t season-ending. Unfortunately, the four-time league MVP and the Jets received confirmation on Tuesday that it was a torn Achilles.
On Wednesday, Rodgers broke his silence on the devastating injury with a moving Instagram post. There, he offered thanks to those for their support, and though he is “completely heartbroken”, he promised to “rise yet again”.
Since becoming a full-time starting quarterback back in 2008, Rodgers had played no fewer than seven games each year. He missed seven games in 2013 with a broken collarbone, and all but seven games in 2017 with the same injury.
Rodgers had missed just one game between the 2018 and 2022 seasons; a 2021 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19.
Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, head coach Robert Saleh said he’d “be shocked if” Rodgers wound up retiring. The latter now has a full year to recover and hopefully get himself ready for the 2024 regular season.
After narrowly squeaking past Buffalo in overtime on Monday night, the Jets now turn their attention towards Sunday afternoon’s road game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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