Fans React to Aaron Rodgers’ Season-Ending Achilles Injury

After sustaining a serious injury to his Achilles tendon, quarterback Aaron Rodgers' season has officially come to a premature end. The NFL star, 39, was hurt in the first quarter of his debut game with the New York Jets on Monday, September 11, after being sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd.

Following the collision with Floyd, which happened just three minutes into the game, Rodgers landed awkwardly on his left ankle. He then spent several minutes on the turf before the Jets' medical team helped him safely onto the sidelines.

"We're concerned with his Achilles," Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters after the incident. "It's not good... An MRI is probably going to confirm what we think has happened, so prayers tonight."

Here's the exact moment that Saleh believes the injury to have occurred:

After Rodgers was taken out of play, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson took to the field and the game ended in the Jets' 22-16 overtime victory against the Bills.

"I'm going to enjoy this win. Winning in the NFL is hard regardless of who the quarterback is," said Saleh, also acknowledging that their triumph was bittersweet in light of Rodgers' injury. "Personally, I don’t hurt for me. I don’t hurt for our locker room, I hurt for Aaron and how much he has invested in all of this. I'm still going to hold out hope. But my heart's with Aaron right now, nobody else."

The results of the MRI did indeed confirm that Rodgers has suffered complete tear of the Achilles tendon, ending his season early and potentially leaving the rest of his football career in question.

Many NFL fans are sharing messages of support and love for Rodgers, who joined the Jets from the Green Bay Packers during the offseason, and wishing him a speedy recovery. Others, meanwhile, are posting memes pointing out that Rodgers has an unfortunate history of ignoring medical science in favor of anti-vax rhetoric, which they joke might get in the way of effective treatment.

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