Jets QB Aaron Rodgers injures ankle on first drive of season

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a left ankle injury and departed his franchise debut four plays into the first quarter Monday night against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

The Jets initially deemed him questionable to return before downgrading him to out for the night during the second quarter. X-rays on Rodgers’ ankle were negative.

Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd beat Jets left tackle Duane Brown and got to Rodgers untouched for a 10-yard sack with 11:15 left in the first quarter.

Rodgers initially stood up before sitting back on the turf, with trainers running out to check on him.

A cart was waiting by the team’s medical tent while Rodgers was being examined. He eventually got on the cart but then stepped off and walked into the locker room.

He was wearing a boot on his left foot when he went for X-rays and returned to the locker room.

“He’s dealing with an ankle right now. We’re getting him checked out and we’ll know a little bit more later,” Jets coach Robert Saleh told ESPN in an interview after the first quarter.

Rodgers, 39, was acquired by the Jets from the Green Bay Packers in the offseason. The four-time NFL MVP is entering his 19th season and has stated he expects New York to compete for a Super Bowl.

Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, replaced Rodgers. Wilson had previously bombed as the starter, prompting the trade for Rodgers.