Aaron Rodgers injury could have big impact on Packers

What does Aaron Rodgers' injury mean for the Packers?
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Aaron Rodgers exited his New York Jets' debut on the opening possession after suffering an ankle injury, and he was unable to return. How much time Rodgers misses could have a significant impact on the Green Bay Packers.

According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, the fear is that Rodgers suffered an Achilles injury in Monday night's game.

While Rodgers' status is yet to be confirmed, an Achilles injury would likely end his season, which would be devastating for the Jets. It would also have a big impact on the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers injury: What it means for Packers

The Jets will send the Packers one of their top-two draft picks in 2024. It begins as a second-rounder but will become a first if Rodgers plays at least 65% of the snaps this season.

Rodgers' injury could have a significant impact on that.

A season-ending injury would guarantee the Packers receive the Jets' second-rounder. Even if Rodgers is able to return this year but misses a significant portion of the season, the Packers could still miss out on a first.

How many games does Rodgers need to play to hit the 65% number?

Andy Herman of the Pack-A-Day podcast estimates that Rodgers would need to play at least 11 games and "probably" 12 to hit 65%. He only played a handful of snaps in this game, so he will likely need to play in 12 of the Jets' remaining 16 games. If his injury is significant, that becomes incredibly unlikely.

Of course, Rodgers getting hurt is awful to see, regardless of the draft pick. It was tough to watch him leave the field.

Rodgers is as tough as they come. He has played through significant injuries in the past. Hopefully, his injury isn't season-ending and he can return at some point this year.

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