But if his Instagram message Wednesday is any indication, a light is still shining amid the current darkness for the former Green Bay Packers quarterback.
"The night is darkest before the dawn," Rodgers, 39, wrote on his Instagram account Wednesday afternoon, his first comments since the injury. "And I shall rise yet again."
Rodgers, who was beginning the next chapter of his career in New York after 18 years in Green Bay, naturally offered a somber tone in his message.
"I'm completely heartbroken and moving through all of the emotions, but deeply touched and humbled by the support and love," Rodgers wrote. "Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I begin the healing process today."
The injury occurred just four plays into a season that had high hopes for the four-time MVP and his new team. Rodgers was clearly revitalized after being traded this offseason and made it known his intentions were to win his second Super Bowl and end the Jets' title drought as well.
Rodgers also wrote that he's "proud" of his team after the Jets came back to defeat the Buffalo Bills, 22-16, in overtime of the Week 1 game.
The NFL community, including many current and former Packers players, continued to show their support to Rodgers in the comments of his Instagram post. These included Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Patrick Taylor Jr., Allen Lazard (who is now a member of the Jets), Marcedes Lewis, Kurt Benkert and Jimmy Graham, among others.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Aaron Rodgers will 'rise yet again' after injury, he says on Instagram