Jets’ Garrett Wilson reveals Aaron Rodgers’ two-word message to him after season-ending injury

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MetLife Stadium was the place to be on Monday night – until it wasn’t, in the snap of a finger.

The long-awaited Aaron Rodgers era in New York finally began, and his first season ended before the quarterback could even complete a pass.

Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the first quarter, turning the game against the visiting Buffalo Bills into almost a funeral.

Fortunately for the Jets, that didn’t last all night, as they came away with an improbable overtime victory on a punt return for a touchdown.

But the atmosphere in the stands, and very likely the dressing room at half-time, was certainly subdued.


New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson watches the field

New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Monday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Garrett Wilson, the 2022 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was poised for one of the best receiving seasons in Jets history and had high expectations when the team acquired Rodgers. Unfortunately, these wishes have now taken a toll.

So, when Wilson was looking for Rodgers in the locker room, what did the quarterback say to him?

“At half time I went in to check on him in the training room, just made sure to give him a hug, tell him I love him. It really broke my heart,” Wilson said ESPN Radio New York.

“He said to me, ‘I’m sorry, kid.’ Just like that. ‘Sorry, kid.'”

Aaron Rodgers hurts his achilles heel

Buffalo Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd sacks New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers early in the first quarter during the Jets’ home opener at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Monday. (Danielle Parhizkaran/

AARON RODGERS’ injury is even having a negative impact on his former packers

Wilson and Rodgers had built a good relationship in the offseason and were talked about as one of the best QB-WR duos in the league.

“My heart hurts for Aaron. Just seeing him last night and the emotion that was going into him getting out there … it’s awesome, man,” Wilson said, said he was “truly heartbroken.”

Despite the Jets’ Zach Wilson throwing to him in place of Rodgers after the injury, the second-year wide receiver still showed off his insane talent with a late catch that he made himself. He caught all five of his targets for 34 yards and the score.

Often the cause of the team’s druthers last year, Wilson was the opposite QB on Monday. He completed 14 of his 21 passes for 140 yards, including the touchdown to his designated receiver, and an interception. Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson will be the team’s quarterback for the rest of the year.

Jets receiver Garrett Wilson celebrates a touchdown

New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson reacts in the fourth quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Monday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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Last season, Wilson caught 83 passes for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns. With his play, it’s no wonder Rodgers had maddening expectations of him.

The quarterback may be the one that nearly every Jet fan has thrown in the towel on, but regardless of who goes to him, Wilson is clearly talented all around. world.

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