Did Aaron Rodgers have surgery? Jets QB undergoes Achilles procedure after Week 1 injury

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The first step in the road to recovery from an injury is to undergo the procedure to fix said injury. Step A is now done for Aaron Rodgers.

The Jets quarterback tore his Achilles four plays into his debut New York campaign, ending the 39-year-old's season almost before it had the chance to take off. But Rodgers can now put the focus toward coming back from the injury after he posted Thursday night that he underwent the procedure to repair the tendon.

"Surgery went great yesterday. Thank you for all the love and prayers and support. And thanks to the [goat] Dr [Neal] ElAttrache and his staff for starting me on the road to recovery," Rodgers wrote on his Instagram story post.

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Rodgers undergoing the procedure officially starts the clock on how long it will take for him to bounce back. Sporting News medical expert Dr. Michael S. George of the KSF Orthopaedic Center explained that once an athlete with a torn Achilles undergoes the procedure, the ankle will need to be "immobilized for a period of time followed by a lengthy recovery involving range of motion and eventually strengthening that will likely take nine months to a year."

Working against Rodgers is his age, with him set to hit 40 years old in December. A 2021 study from Ready found that the most common range of NFL players to suffer a rupture Achilles were between 24 and 36 years old. George suggested Rodgers could still be an impactful quarterback, but that his mobility might be limited if he returns in 2024.

Who is Dr ElAttrache?

That would be Dr. Neal ElAttrache. ElAttrache is one of the most prominent sports surgeons in professional sports. He is the head team physician for the Dodgers and the Rams, and acts as an orthopedic consultant for the Kings, Lakers and Ducks.

ElAttrache has performed operations on plenty of athletes in various ways. According to the Tommy John surgery list, of the players whose surgeons were made public, ElAttrache has operated on five pitchers in 2023 alone, including Dodgers starters Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin.

Per ElAttrache's biography, he has been regarded consistently among the top sports medical doctors, was selected among his peers as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and was listed as one of "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly.

It's safe to say, Rodgers' Achilles was in good hands.

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Edward Sutelan is a content producer at The Sporting News.