Aaron Rodgers has a torn left Achilles tendon, in response to an individual accustomed to the prognosis, and the 39-year-old quarterback doubtless will miss the remainder of the New York Jets’ season.
An MRI on Tuesday confirmed the four-time NFL MVP’s harm, the individual instructed The Related Press, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of the group didn’t announce it. Coach Robert Saleh was scheduled to talk to reporters on a video name later Tuesday.
NFL Community first reported Rodgers tore the Achilles tendon, confirming the Jets’ fears. Torn Achilles tendons sometimes take a number of months of restoration as a result of in depth rehabilitation wanted.
“Involved along with his Achilles,” Saleh stated after the Jets’ 22-16 extra time win over Buffalo on Monday night time. “MRI might be going to verify what we predict goes to occur, so prayers tonight. However it’s not good.”
On his fourth regular-season snap in a Jets uniform, Rodgers tried to keep away from a speeding Leonard Floyd, who wrapped up the quarterback and spun him all the way down to the MetLife Stadium turf. Rodgers stood up after a number of moments, appeared over to the Jets’ sideline after which sat on the turf — seemingly figuring out he was significantly harm.
He wanted assist from trainers to get to New York’s sideline, the place he was taken to the blue medical tent to be examined. Rodgers then acquired on a cart to go to the locker room, hopped off close to the tunnel and limped inside.
Zach Wilson changed Rodgers simply 3:45 into the sport and completed 14 of 21 for 140 yards with a landing cross to Garrett Wilson and an interception within the victory.
The third-year quarterback will now begin for the Jets on Sunday at Dallas – and the foreseeable future.
Wilson praised the work Rodgers did with him through the offseason and coaching camp, serving to him really feel “much more ready” to take the subsequent step in his growth.
“The toughest half is now placing it right into a sport and I’ve acquired to have the ability to try this,” Wilson stated Monday night time. “Going into this week, it’s making use of every thing that he’s sort of helped stroll us by means of and with the ability to watch him and the coaches, how they’ve dealt with this offense. I’ve acquired to have the ability to deal with that effectively.”
Rodgers, who spent his first 18 seasons with Inexperienced Bay, was acquired by the Jets in April and instantly raised expectations for the pissed off franchise.
He gave the Jets their most completed quarterback since Brett Favre, who was acquired from Inexperienced Bay in 2008 — clearing the way in which for Rodgers to turn out to be the Packers’ sign caller.
Rodgers, who repeatedly has stated he received’t be one-and-done with the Jets, agreed in July to a restructured contract that offers him $75 million in totally assured cash over this season and subsequent.
However now, he’ll should give attention to a prolonged restoration and rehabilitation course of, which may make his enjoying future unsure.
The state of affairs evoked eerily comparable reminiscences of 1999, when Vinny Testaverde — who, coincidentally, was the Jets’ honorary captain Monday night time — ruptured his Achilles tendon early in New York’s season opener in opposition to New England.
Like this yr’s squad, these Jets had Tremendous Bowl aspirations after going to the AFC championship sport the earlier season. New York as a substitute completed 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
With Rodgers doubtless out for the season, New York won’t quit a first-round draft choose to Inexperienced Bay subsequent yr as a part of the commerce’s phrases. It can stay a second-round choose that would have turn out to be a first-rounder if Rodgers had performed 65% of the Jets’ performs this season.
The Packers additionally acquired the thirteenth total choose, a second-rounder and a sixth-rounder on this yr’s draft in trade for Rodgers, the No. 15 total choose and a fifth-rounder this yr.