Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game with an Achilles tendon injury just four plays into his debut for the New York Jets, who rallied behind their defense and stunned the Buffalo Bills 22-16 in overtime on when rookie Xavier Gipson returned a punt 65 yards for the winning score. New York’s aggressive defense forced four turnovers from Buffalo’s Josh Allen, including three interceptions by Jordan Whitehead, in a wild and often ugly season opener. While the Jets concluded their night with coach Robert Saleh joining a celebratory mob in the end zone, the injury to Rodgers cast a pall over their season.
Aaron Rodgers injured his left Achilles tendon on his fourth snap in his debut with the New York Jets. Coach Robert Saleh said the team believes the injury could be serious after the Jets’ 22-16 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills. Saleh said the 39-year-old quarterback would have an MRI, and what the team expects to hear from the exam is “not good.” Rodgers was hurt when he was sacked by Buffalo’s Leonard Floyd. The Jets acquired the four-time MVP in a trade from Green Bay that sent fans’ expectations sky-high. Now they face an unsettled season with backup Zach Wilson taking over.