Aaron Rodgers‘ Jets debut against the Bills on Monday night lasted just four snaps before the worst happened.
The four-time Most Valuable Player is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles after getting twisted up awkwardly on a sack during New York’s first drive, head coach Robert Saleh told reporters in his postgame news conference.
“It’s not good,” Saleh said of the injury’s outlook.
A confirmed diagnosis of an Achilles tear, which the Jets expect when he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday, would mean Rodgers is out for the season.
Backup quarterback Zach Wilson, who had an 8-14 record in two seasons starting for Gang Green, entered the game in relief and helmed the Jets the rest of the way during a surprise 22-16 overtime victory.
Saleh, who told reporters his heart was “with Aaron right now and nowhere else,” said Wilson will continue to be the starter moving forward if Rodgers’ injury is indeed confirmed.
Rodgers dropped back to pass three times. His first and only official attempt was incomplete, his second dropback resulted in a first down due to defensive holding and the third produced the sack and aforementioned injury.
He found pressure in his face from the Bills’ pass rush on all three of those plays.
The Jets entered the season with their highest hopes in decades thanks to the acquisition of Rodgers.
New York last reached the playoffs in 2010, and since then has cobbled together just one season above .500 while finishing last in the AFC East seven times.
One of those last-place finishes, the team’s third in a row, occurred in 2022 amid a season sunk by a carousel of poor quarterback play from four different starters.
Rodgers was heralded as the savior.
Worries did arise during training camp and the preseason over the state of the offensive line’s ability to protect the 39-year-old, though.
Regardless of the victory, those concerns have already reared their ugly head, dooming the Jets’ best-laid plans for a season with Rodgers leading them to new heights.