New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he fears Aaron Rodgers may have damaged his Achilles tendon during Monday’s game with the Buffalo Bills; “The MRI will confirm what we think happened, so pray tonight. But it’s not good,” the 44-year-old told reporters after the match.
Last updated: 09/12/23 at 8:43 AM
Coach Robert Saleh talks about Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury, which could rule him out of his first season with the New York Jets
New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said he fears Aaron Rodgers may have damaged his Achilles tendon after the quarterback left Monday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with an injury he suffered in his first outing with his new team.
“We are worried about the Achilles tendon,” Saleh admitted to reporters after the game, which the Jets won 22-16.
“An MRI will probably confirm what we think happened, so pray tonight. But this isn’t good.” He added grimly.
The former Green Bay Packers quarterback was hit four times on his first drive during his debut with the Jets.
Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd beat Jets left tackle Duane Brown and reached Rodgers untouched for a 10-yard sack with 11:15 remaining in the first quarter.
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was forced out of his Jets debut after an opening drive sack caused an apparent injury.
Rodgers initially stood, but soon sat on the turf, and trainers ran to check on him.
A vehicle was waiting next to the team’s medical tent while Rodgers was examined. In the end, he got into the cart, but got out and entered the locker room.
The Jets initially deemed him questionable before taking him on the night during the second quarter.
An X-ray on Rodgers’ left ankle was negative, but reports began to emerge during the game that the Achilles tendon was the focus of the injury.
Highlights of the Buffalo Bills’ confrontation with the New York Jets in the first week of the NFL
The 39-year-old veteran was wearing a medical boot on his left foot when he returned to the locker room.
“That part sucks,” Saleh said of balancing the impact of Rodgers’ injury with the joy of an overtime win.
“I’m going to enjoy this win. Winning in the NFL is tough no matter who the quarterback is.”
“Personally, I’m not hurting for me. I’m not hurting for our locker room. I’m hurting for Aaron and how invested he is in all of this. I still say a prayer and I still go with hope, but my heart is with Aaron now and nowhere else.” “
Rodgers was acquired by the Jets from the Green Bay Packers in the offseason. The four-time NFL MVP is entering his 19th season and stated that he expects New York to compete for the Super Bowl.
Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, replaced Rodgers. Wilson had previously failed to produce a starting performance, which led to Rodgers being traded. Wilson finished the night 14 of 21 for 140 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception.
“I like him (Rodgers) a lot,” Wilson said. “My heart is sad for him. I have no idea what happened. I saw him for a moment at half-time. I know he will find a way to keep working to get back, but it hurts us as a player.” a team.
“My job as a quarterback is to be able to step up, and I’ve got to be as effective as I can in this offense. There’s a lot of right emotions. Week one, opening day, I’m trying to learn as much as I can from this guy but I also have to make sure That I am ready to leave. “It’s a lot of emotions, you have to be able to stay calm and try to do the best you can.”