Aaron Rodgers is out for the NFL season, it was announced Tuesday, after tearing his Achilles tendon in Monday night’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
Rodgers, 39, was just starting out in his debut season with the New York Jets when he was sacked by Buffalo’s Leonard Floyd during the Jets’ first drive.
At first, it appeared to be a regular sack, with Rodgers attempting to stand up before dropping back down on the turf and requiring help to get off the field.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters following the team’s 22-16 overtime victory that they feared the worst for the season.
“It’s not good,” Saleh said.
“Personally, I don’t hurt for me, I don’t hurt for our locker room,” Saleh continued. “I hurt for Aaron and how much he has invested in all of this. I’m going to say a prayer. I’m still going to hold out hope. But my heart’s with Aaron right now, nobody else.”
An MRI on Tuesday morning confirmed the diagnosis.
The torn tendon is a blow for the Jets, who hoped their newly acquired quarterback from the Green Bay Packers would help them reach the Super Bowl. The team hasn’t had much luck in recent years, with their last winning season in 2015 and their last playoff berth in 2010.
In the team’s 64-season franchise history, the Jets have only reached the playoffs 14 times and hold just one Super Bowl win.
Going forward, 2021 NFL Draft No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson will be the Jets’ starting quarterback.
Rodgers, a four-time NFL MVP, hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2017, reports NFL.com. His Jets debut only lasted four plays, with one resulting in a penalty.
— With a file from The Associated Press