Aaron Rodgers faced an ankle injury during his debut with the New York Jets, leaving fans hopeful for his triumphant return. Categories: Sports, NFL, Football. Tags: Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets, ankle injury, NFL debut. Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, New...
Troy D. Hanson
September 12, 2023
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In an unfortunate turn of events, Aaron Rodgers faced an ankle injury during his debut with the New York Jets on Monday night. The incident unfolded merely four snaps into the game when Buffalo's Leonard Floyd sacked Rodgers, forcing him to the turf of MetLife Stadium.
Rodgers was seen reaching down at his leg before trainers rushed to his aid. Although he managed to stand up after a few moments, assistance was required to escort him to the Jets' sideline. The 39-year-old quarterback was quickly taken to the medical tent for evaluation, and subsequently placed on a cart. However, halfway to the locker room, he decided to exit the cart and proceeded to limp inside.
Coach Robert Saleh provided an update to ESPN, stating, "He's currently dealing with an ankle injury. We are having him assessed." The Jets later declared Rodgers questionable to return, with Zach Wilson taking over as his replacement.
Prior to the game, Rodgers made a symbolic entrance onto the field, proudly waving an American flag as he was warmly welcomed by Jets fans. Joining him were the team's offensive starters, introduced by the renowned hip-hop artist and actor Method Man. Accompanied by a dazzling laser light show, Rodgers received thunderous applause from the eager crowd - a moment long anticipated since his acquisition as a valuable asset in April.
Unfortunately, Aaron Rodgers encountered an unexpected setback during his highly anticipated debut, leaving fans hopeful for a swift recovery and his triumphant return to the field for the New York Jets.
The roar of excitement quickly turned into an anxious murmur in the stands as Aaron Rodgers suffered an injury just 3 minutes and 45 seconds into the game. After handing off the ball once and throwing two incomplete passes, Rodgers was sacked and forced to leave the field in pain.
The New York Jets made a bold move on April 26 when they acquired Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers along with the No. 15 overall pick and a fifth-rounder in this year's draft. In return, the Packers obtained the 13th overall selection, a second-rounder, a sixth-rounder, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick that could potentially become a first-rounder if Rodgers plays at least 65% of New York's plays this season.
Having spent his first 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers raised the bar of expectations for the Jets and their fans when he expressed his belief in winning in New York. During his introductory news conference, he made a point of highlighting the team's solitary Super Bowl trophy from the 1968 season, emphasizing its isolation.
Rodgers now becomes the most accomplished quarterback for the Jets since Brett Favre, who was acquired from Green Bay back in 2008, paving the way for Rodgers to take over as the Packers' signal caller.
Although Rodgers has repeatedly stated that he intends to have a long-term presence with the Jets, he agreed to a restructured contract in July. The new deal guarantees him $75 million over this season and the next, representing a significant pay cut of nearly $35 million from his previous contract with Green Bay, which would have netted him $110 million in guarantees.