Jets grapple with new injury concerns amid Aaron Rodgers’ optimism

The New York Jets would have to start their next campaign on Sunday’s road game without Aaron Rodgers. Their former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson is going to lead the team for the upcoming games till the four-time MVP recovers fully, but the excitement the Jets fans were having prior to the regular season has somehow waned down.

However, Rodgers is not losing hope at all as he is constantly providing positive updates about a potential comeback on the squad. Meanwhile, injury has once again become a nightmare for the Gang Green ahead of their Week 2 game.

Jets’ star Greg Zuerlein ruled out for week 2 clash against Cowboys

In their upcoming battle against the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium, the Jets will not have Greg Zuerlein in the squad. The kicker injured his groin on Thursday during their practice session, making him ruled out on Saturday. In his absence, the franchise announced Austin Seibert as their starter.

Seibert was signed by Gang Green on Saturday and worked out for the team on Friday. He started his professional football journey after getting selected by the Cleveland Browns as the fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old recorded 44 of 55 field goals as well as 55 of 61 extra points throughout his career.

Meanwhile, Zuerlein proved his caliber as a Jets veteran by converting nine of 10 field goal attempts this preseason. He played for two seasons with the Cowboys before heading for the Big Apple in 2021. Though the 35-year-old is ruled out for one game, head coach Robert Saleh doesn’t see it as a long-term injury, and he might soon regain his spot from Austin Seibert.

Rodgers hints at possible playoff return for Jets after innovative surgery

Though Aaron Rodgers was projected to miss the entire 2023 season, the signal-caller himself didn’t rule out the possibility of heading back to the field this season. According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL, A-Rod underwent an “innovative surgery” under veteran orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache and his team on Wednesday.

The team used an internal brace named ‘Achilles speedbridge’ on the four-time MVP’s fully torn left Achilles. The NFL insiders remarked this advanced treatment facilitates the recovery process and signals an earlier return for A-Rod.

The source also revealed the 39-year-old star is making up his mind about receiving platelet-rich plasma injections like Russell Wilson to assist the recovery process. However, there are no guarantees that the process will be successful in helping Rodgers take the field by this season.

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