Aaron Rodgers’ night was over early.
The New York Jets downgraded Rodgers to out after he was taken off the field Monday night against the Buffalo Bills with an ankle injury. The team said his X-rays were negative.
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Rodgers’ debut lasted more than just three minutes as he was helped off the field on the first drive. Rodgers appeared to tweak his ankle when Buffalo Bills linebacker Leonard Floyd sacked him. Rodgers tried to shake it off but was eventually helped off the field.
The ESPN broadcast showed Rodgers hobble onto a cart and taken toward the tunnel. He then walked toward the locker room with a limp. He was later seen with a boot.
He was 0-for-1 before the injury.
Zach Wilson came into the game. Wilson was the starting quarterback for the Jest in his first two seasons but lost his job toward the end of 2022 and was set to be the backup to Rodgers.
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For Rodgers, it was his first game with the Jets. He made his preseason debut in the final week against the New York Giants and threw a touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson. He said he felt some “butterflies” before that game.
“Yeah, I had some butterflies, for sure,” he said.
Rodgers was asked what he thought he would feel when he came out onto the field.
“A lot of tears, a lot of sobbing, probably,” Rodgers said jokingly. “No, I’m going to be good. I’m going to be excited to be out there with the crowd, see the crowd out there early, hopefully.
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“Get all the jitters out of the way probably in pregame and just go out and try to execute.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.