New York Jets center Connor McGovern was standing on the sidelines getting ready to play of their season opener towards the Buffalo Bills when he overheard the devastating information confirming the extent of Aaron Rodgers’ damage.
McGovern, 30, informed the media Wednesday that he had been standing close to head coach Robert Saleh when employees informed him that Rodgers had probably sustained a torn Achilles after taking place within the Jets’ opening sequence on Monday night time.
“I happened to be standing next to Saleh about to run on the field when he asked one of the athletic trainers and I eavesdropped a little bit, and it was shocking,” he recalled.
“I wasn’t sure I heard what I heard and, then I saw look on Saleh’s face and that kind of confirmed that my eavesdropping was right.”
McGovern praised the staff’s skill to refocus, including that he’s assured that Rodgers will make a swift recovery.
“It’s definitely a heavy blow, and my prayers are with Aaron. I know he’s in surgery here soon – he’s going to attack this rehab and I think he’ll probably heal faster than anyone’s ever seen someone come back from an Achilles.”
Rodgers broke his silence on social media Wednesday, saying the season-ending damage has left him “completely heartbroken.”
“I’m completely heartbroken and moving through all of the emotions, but deeply touched and humbled by the support and love. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I begin the healing process today.”
He continued, “The night is darkest before the dawn. And I shall rise yet again.”
The Jets have totally backed Zach Wilson within the aftermath of Rodgers’ damage, though Saleh mentioned Wednesday that the staff will proceed to discover its choices on the quarterback place.
Speaking for the remainder of the locker room, McGovern mentioned the staff is standing behind Wilson, who has proven super progress within the offseason.