If you are a New York Jets fan, you have likely long thought that your team was cursed and that whatever could go wrong, would go wrong. That intuition came true again on Monday night when future hall-of-fame quarterback turned Jets savior Aaron Rodgers left the game during the first drive of the game. On Tuesday, an MRI confirmed, what we already knew, that Rodgers had ruptured his Achilles tendon ending his 2023 season and potentially Jets and NFL career after four snaps.
This obviously is a huge blow to Gang Green after the team was able to acquire the newly-motivated Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers in April, which turned them into a force in the AFC and a potential Super Bowl contender. Fans and pundits have thought that this was the best Jets roster in decades - and they looked to be right. All those best-laid plans ended before Rodgers could complete a pass. It's something that will take days, if not weeks, to process.
New York fans know plenty of devastating injuries for all of their teams. An all-time great such as Jacob deGrom always found himself on the IL for the Mets; then you have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden barely playing together at all for the Brooklyn Nets in their short collaboration, and Giancarlo Stanton, along with plenty of other Yankees players can't seem to stay healthy in recent memory.
If you're a Jets fan, there's a chance you are an Islanders fan, too, which means you know the Isles have not been exempt from suffering season-altering injuries. It's hard to say that the Islanders or any sports franchise experienced what the Jets did on Monday night, but here is a list of the five most devastating injuries in Islanders history.