It was a poorly timed (albeit honest) grammatical error, but Patrick Mahomes responded to claims he shaded Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury.
On Monday, September 11, 2023, Rodgers made his debut with his new team, the New York Jets; departing the Green Bay Packers after 18 seasons. But he’d only be on the field for the 2023/24 NFL season opener for less than four minutes and four snaps. Coach Robert Saleh said the team believes Rodgers ruptured his left Achilles tendon when he was sacked by Buffalo’s Leonard Floyd and fell awkwardly during the Jets’ 22-16 overtime win over the Bills. Rodgers could be seen standing up for a few moments but needed help getting to the sideline. He was taken into the blue medical tent to be examined and then limped inside to the locker room.
“Concerned with his Achilles. MRI is probably going to confirm what we think is going to happen, so prayers tonight. But it’s not good,” a somber Saleh said, per AP. Saleh went on to explain that Rodgers would have an MRI on Tuesday, September 12 after X-rays during the game came back negative. “Personally, I don’t hurt for me, I don’t hurt for our locker room,” Saleh said. “I hurt for Aaron and how much he has invested in all of this. I’m going to say a prayer. I’m still going to hold out hope. But my heart’s with Aaron right now, nobody else.”
But from one tweet, fans thought the Kansas City Chief’s Patrick Mahomes shaded Aaron Rodgers and it was quite the faux pas.
Did Patrick Mahomes shade Aaron Rodgers?
If you’re a grammar nerd/copy-editing geek, then yes but obviously not intentionally. After Rodgers went down with what was confirmed to be a ruptured Achilles tendon, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes tweeted: “Hate that man… praying for the best.” Oops! Luckily the internet has receipts.
After what we can only assume was some negative feedback, Mahomes edited his tweet (which apparently you can only do if you have a blue authentication tick, smh) to read: “Hate that, man… praying for the best,” demonstrating how much heavy lifting that comma is doing. Fans found the whole thing hilarious, even the Merriam-Webster dictionary social media account responded: “Proud of this edit.”
NY Jets fans would likely not find the whole thing so funny, as they’ve just lost their all-star quarterback for the season before it even began. Rodgers’ teammate, Allen Lazard, who played five seasons with Rodgers in Green Bay, told reporters: “Obviously, just seeing how he responded to getting up and everything and limping off the field, it wasn’t anything good,” he said. “But honestly, it’s almost like comical just on how this whole offseason played out for him to go down the first game without even completing a pass and everything.”
As ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter observed: “An MRI confirmed today that Aaron Rodgers officially tore his Achilles on the fourth play of his Jets’ career. Rodgers’ season now, officially, is over. There already are questions about whether his Hall-of-Fame career is, too.” He later tweeted: “Aaron Rodgers’ torn Achilles might be the most devastating injury to a team and fan base in NFL history. There never has been a player who received more off-season hype, who raised another team’s expectations more, who had his season end 4 plays in without ever completing a pass.”
Adding: “With Aaron Rodgers done for the season, the Jets now will owe the Packers a second-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Rodgers had to play 65 percent of the snaps this season for the Packers to get the Jets’ 2024 first-round pick. He played four plays.”
The Achilles tear recovery time can vary depending on treatment and severity of the rupture. There are two ways to treat it: nonsurgical, which involves crutches, ice, and a walking boot. There are benefits to this, like reducing the risk of infection but rehabilitation can take longer.
“Some prompt treatment is important, however, as a torn Achilles tendon will seldom heal on its own,” writes Asheesh Bedi, MD, on SportsMD.com. “With rupture, the muscle belly and tendon retract proximally into the calf and leave a large “gap” defect that cannot heal.”
It’s likely that Rodgers will have surgery. “Depending on the condition of the torn tissue, the repair might be reinforced with other tendons,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “After either treatment, you’ll have physical therapy exercises to strengthen your leg muscles and Achilles tendon. Most people return to their former level of activity within four to six months. It’s important to continue strength and stability training after that because some problems can persist for up to a year.”
The Achilles tendon—also known as the calcaneal tendon—is the largest tendon in the body, stretching from your heel bone to your calf muscle and it can handle about four times a person’s body weight. Almost one in four athletes will suffer an Achilles tendon injury in their lifetime.
“The classic sign of a ruptured Achilles tendon is feeling (and sometimes hearing) a pop or snap at the back of your ankle,” per the Cleveland Clinic. “People often mistakenly think something has hit them, but they’re actually feeling the tendon snap.”
Other common symptoms include:
- Sharp, sudden pain in the back of the ankle near the heel.
- Swelling and bruising in the back of the ankle.
- Pain when walking, especially upstairs or uphill.
- Tenderness in the spot where the tendon is torn.
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