Generations of New York Jets fans piled into MetLife Stadium on Monday, September 11, 2023 for the most talked about season opener since Joe Namath graced the team’s sidelines. Accompanied by a new offensive coordinator and star running back Dalvin Cook, the Jets were eager to welcome Super Bowl Champion Aaron Rodgers into his new home. Little did they know, the welcome celebration would not last long.
During the first drive of their Week 1 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, Super Bowl-winning pass rusher Leonard Floyd knocked Rodgers to the ground. While the Jets quarterback was able to get to his feet, he was unable to walk without a limp. Shortly thereafter, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game and the team’s medical staff began running tests on his ankle. Thus far, test results have reportedly been negative, but that doesn’t mean Rodgers and company are out of the woods just yet. Medical professionals took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share their thoughts about the potential severity of the injury.
“You can see a recoil of the Achilles up the calf,” Fox Sports Radio injury analyst Dr. Evan Jeffries wrote.
“Aaron Rodgers injury appears to be either Lisfranc foot injury, ankle sprain or possibly even Achilles. Similar mechanism to JK Dobbins injury Sunday. Best case is ankle sprain. Will miss several weeks best case,” Dr. Mark Adickes added.
In Rodgers’ absence, Zach Wilson, the team’s former starting quarterback, will take over for the rest of the game. At halftime, the Buffalo Bills lead the Jets by 10 points.