The Giants and Jets have been widely criticized for the poor turf at MetLife Stadium. Aaron Rodgers' injury resurrected that. Photo Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK Buffalo Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd (56) sacks New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) early in the first quarter during the home opener at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in East Rutherford. Rodgers was carted off the field after being hit. Photo Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

When Monday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets started, the focus was on future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers making his Jets debut. That changed quickly.

Rodgers was sacked on New York’s opening possession. And while nothing about the sack seemed particularly brutal, Rodgers quickly went to the ground in pain after getting up.

Before he could even complete his first pass with the Jets, he was walking off of the field with an injury. Rodgers briefly stayed in the medical tent before getting carted away.

Rodgers’ injury brought up a question that has unfortunately come up before in the NFL. What in the world is going on with the turf at MetLife Stadium? The field at the home of the Jets and New York Giants has been scrutinized before. In 2020, the San Francisco 49ers suffered several injuries early in a Week 2 game against the Jets.

Rodgers’ injury resurrected those questions and concerns.

David Bakhtiari, Rodgers’ longtime teammate with the Green Bay Packers, slammed the NFL for the turf conditions.

He was not alone.

Possibly adding to the issues on Monday was the poor weather. Rain was persistent through Sunday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. It also rained for several hours on Monday, though it was clear by the time the time the Bills and Jets got going.

Rodgers was ruled out for the remainder of Monday’s game.

And while there’s already been a lot of talk about the turf at MetLife, expect those talks to get even louder if he misses significant time.

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