New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said he’d “be shocked” if Aaron Rodgers’ career ends with the Achilles injury he suffered in Monday night’s win against the Buffalo Bills when asked about the quarterback’s future Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:
- Saleh said he didn’t get into the future with Rodgers, but said he’d “be shocked if this is the way he’s going to go out.”
- Rodgers was placed on injured reserve this week after rupturing his Achilles tendon a few plays into Monday night’s game.
- Saleh also said the Jets may not sign a quarterback this week and he’s comfortable with Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle.
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Saleh confirmed in a Tuesday news conference that Rodgers tore his Achilles, ending his first season with the franchise.
Rodgers left his much-anticipated New York debut on “Monday Night Football” after four plays. He suffered the Achilles injury when Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd sacked him on the Jets’ opening drive. After getting up, the 39-year-old dropped back to the turf and limped off the field with help from trainers before being sent for X-rays.
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Wilson replaced Rodgers and threw a touchdown and an interception in the team’s stunning, come-from-behind 22-16 overtime win. Rodgers attempted just one pass — an incompletion — before the injury.
Saleh said Wilson, the Jets’ No. 2 pick in 2021, will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward. Saleh told reporters Wilson has grown in confidence and can handle this moment. He added Wilson is “leap years” from where he was a year ago.
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