Aaron Rodgers Injury: When Was the Last Time 39YO Star QB Got Injured On-Field in the NFL?

Published 09/12/2023, 2:42 AM EDT

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After the conclusion of the Jets’ season opener, uncertainty looms around Aaron Rodgers’ availability. He suffered a devastating injury in the first quarter, after getting sacked by Bills’ LB Leonard Floyd. Initially assisted off the field by the medical team, he was subsequently carted through the tunnel for additional assessment. While X-rays provided some relief by revealing no bone damage, the true extent of the injury hinges on Monday’s MRI results.

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There are apprehensions that the injury might be an Achilles injury, which, if severe, could potentially sideline him for an extended period. In this article, we will explore Aaron Rodgers’ injury history on the gridiron in-depth.

Aaron Rodgers had yet another injury this year!

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During the OTAs in May, the 4x MVP experienced a calf injury scare that momentarily threatened his nascent career in the Big Apple. Fortunately, the injury proved less severe than initially feared, and he was deemed fit for subsequent practice sessions. Moreover, reflecting on the previous season, Rodgers endured a harrowing injury that sent shockwaves through fans and the league.

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Following a hard-hitting tackle against the Eagles, the former Packers quarterback was forced to exit the game in the third quarter, in 2022. Initial concerns pointed toward a potentially career-ending punctured lung, yet Rodgers remarkably returned to action the following week. In that same year, he battled through a hand thumb fracture without undergoing surgery. Across his illustrious 19-year tenure in the league, A-Rod has encountered injury-related setbacks a staggering 13 times. Nevertheless, he consistently defied the odds, staging comebacks and excelling on the gridiron, even as he approaches the age of 40.

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Rodgers’ injury during the home opener could have spelled disaster for the team, yet they managed to excel even in the absence of their star QB.

The Jets’ breathtaking upset over the Bills!

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After Rodgers was sidelined, his backup, Zach Wilson, took the field and exceeded all expectations. Last year had been a trying one for this 24-year-old backup, but he found his stride this season and shone brightly in the home opener. It was Wilson who masterfully orchestrated the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, connecting with Garett Wilson for a pivotal 14-yard gain, advancing to the Bisons’ 9-yard line. The Jets briefly took a three-point lead, which was later matched by the opponent’s field goal.

In overtime, it was the Special Teams unit that stole the spotlight, with Xavier Gipson delivering an electrifying 65-yard punt return touchdown that sealed the final score at 22-16.

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As week 2 approaches, the question of Rodgers’ injury update looms large. The team undoubtedly relies on him, but as the Divisional bout showed, they can hold their own. Do you believe the Jets can secure another victory without Rodgers? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Samnur Reza

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Samnur Reza or “Rocky”, is an NFL sportswriter at EssentiallySports. He is an avid sports enthusiast with a particular love for football. Rocky looks up to Joe Burrow and Jalen Ramsey as two of the best athletes in the game.
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Sameen Nawathe

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