Four plays into his New York Jets debut, the superstar quarterback was sacked by Bills edge rusher Leonard Floyd and completely tore his left Achilles tendon.
“Thank you to every single person who friended, called, texted, DM’d wrote on Instagram On Wednesday.
“I am completely heartbroken and moving through all the emotions, but deeply touched and humbled by the support and love. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers today as I begin the healing process.
“The night is darkest before the dawn. And I’ll rise again,” Rodgers said before adding that he was proud of his teammates for a thrilling 22-16 victory over the Bills.
Much of the NFL talk surrounded the trade of Rodgers to the Jets throughout the offseason. The four-time NFL Most Valuable Player was traded from the Green Bay Packers, where he was drafted in 2005, and there was plenty of excitement about his arrival in New York.
Rodgers was sacked by Bills edge rusher Leonard Floyd and completely tore his left Achilles tendon.
“Honestly, at first, it didn’t feel real,” Jets tight end Tyler Conklin said of the length of Rodgers’ injury when the New York players spoke to the media for the first time since the injury on Wednesday.
“We all really feel for Aaron, don’t we? How much he cared. How excited and excited everyone in this place was to see him play and play with them. He wanted to do it,” Conklin continued.
“It’s very distressing. It’s hard to imagine what he’s going through.
Rodgers was the new star attraction in New York, and many young Jets players would have grown up watching the Super Bowl XLV champion during his peak years with the Packers.
“I’ve got to get a carry from eight (Rodgers), man. Get one from a big man. The game plays tricks on you sometimes, and I don’t understand that,” Dalvin Cook admitted.
The New York Jets quarterback addressed the media for the first time since Rodgers’ injury.
Still, despite the tough setback, the Jets are hopeful that Rodgers can shake off the injury.
“I know he’s going to be here in surgery soon and he’s going to hit this rehab and I think he’s going to recover faster than anybody’s ever seen anybody come back from an Achilles,” Jets center Connor McGovern added.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh also expressed hope that Gang Green fans will see Rodgers wear the jersey again.
“I would be shocked if this is the way he goes out,” Saleh said during media availability on Wednesday. “He’s working on a lot of head space stuff to deal with, and that’s the last thing I talk to him about.”
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San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey looks for room to run the ball during the second half during a 30-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Agrisure Stadium on Sept. 10 in Pennsylvania.
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Carolina Panthers tight end Hayden Hurst tries to tough out Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Richie Grant during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It was in vain as the Falcons went on to win 24-10.
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Las Vegas Raiders WR Jacoby Meyers gets past Denver Broncos CB Damarry Mathis during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. The score was crucial as the Raiders edged the home side 17-16.
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Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals had a rough day as they lost 24-3 to the Cleveland Browns. The league’s highest-paid quarterback had a rough start to the season, going 14-for-31 for 82 yards and getting crushed here by Browns safety Grant Delpitt.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Devon Thompkins runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of their 20-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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Los Angeles Chargers kicker JK Scott punts the ball against the Miami Dolphins in the second half at Sophie Stadium. The Chargers lost to the Dolphins 36-34.
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver/punt returner Joey Flowers catches a deep pass against the Houston Texans in the first quarter. Baltimore fans had plenty of action to cheer as their team completely handled the Texans 25-9.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy. It was the only highlight for the home fans as the Niners won 30-7.
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It was a rough start for the Kansas City Chiefs and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who were shocked by the Detroit Lions 21-20 in Missouri. However, many are predicting a comeback this year.
Showing their love for Rodgers are other past and present NFL star quarterbacks.
Reigning Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes told reporters that Rodgers’ injury would “suck” the game of football.
“It sucks not just for him and his team, but for the whole league because he’s a great player that a lot of guys have looked up to their whole career,” the Kansas City Chiefs star told reporters.
The Chiefs are set to face the Jets on Oct. 1, and Mahomes is disappointed the quarterback battle against Rodgers won’t happen.
“You want to play the best teams. I pray for him that he heals himself, rehabs and stays positive [come] Again next year, maybe we’ll get the opportunity,” Mahomes said.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes expressed his disappointment over Rodgers’ injury.
Eli Manning, former New York Giants quarterback and icon, reflected on Rodgers’ backlash. CNN Sport.
“A lot of drama and lead up to it [Rodgers’ debut] You’re like, ‘Wait, I don’t get the final result. I don’t see how it’s going to play out,’ the two-time Super Bowl champion told CNN Sports’ Guy Wire.
“It’s not the end, it’s not supposed to happen like this,” Manning added. “Hopefully, he can recover quickly and he can do it again next year.”
Since Rodgers suffered his Achilles tear, there has been much debate over its use Artificial fields In the NFL.
While many believe they are bad for the players’ welfare, Manning doesn’t believe it caused Rodgers’ injury.
“I’ve never been concerned about the turf. I’ve never been injured because of the turf. I’ve played on that field and the old field, I’ve played at MetLife. So I honestly believe the grass had nothing to do with that injury. I think it’s unfortunate,” Manning explained.
Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said science will play a major role in whether the league allows players to play on turf fields.
“That’s where we make decisions: based on science, not because I see an injury that I don’t like. Ultimately, I want our experts to come back and give it to us,” Goodell told ESPN on Wednesday.
Goodell said it’s a complex issue because of the many factors that led to the injury.
“We’ll look at the mechanism of injury in Aaron’s injury and see what caused it. But unfortunately, we had two ACL injuries. One was on grass and the other was on grass … from our standpoint, that’s something we’ll have to look at. We’ll look at it deeply. We’re always looking to get better surfaces. We want to try,” Goodell added.