The Aaron Rodgers era for the New York Jets is fully underway. Rodgers has shown up for OTAs and is actively participating. The effect a four-time MVP quarterback can have on a team that is not used to having that type of leadership can be eye-opening, to say the least. As it turns out, however, Aaron Rodgers will have to do without one of his teammates for the start of the 2023 season.
Aaron Rodgers Teammate Brandin Echols Suspended For The First Game Of The Season
According to Reice Shipley of The Comback:
The New York Jets have a ton of hype surrounding them with the addition of future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Unfortunately, one player will not be taking part in their season-opening matchup against the Buffalo Bills after being suspended on Thursday.
Third-year cornerback Brandin Echols has been with the team since being drafted by the organization in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
He played in 13 games for the organization last season, but will be starting behind the 8-ball in 2023.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported that Echols has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the season. He added that this is due to Echols violating the league’s personal conduct policy after he was involved in a high-speed crash that left another driver with a severe spinal cord injury.
Echols was issued a number of charges by the Florham Park Police in January, including reckless driving, speeding, unsafe lane change, improper passing, and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was accepted in a diversionary program to avoid assault by auto charges for the injuries dealt to the other driver involved in the crash.
This is obviously a blow to a Jets team that has high hopes of starting their season off right with a win over their division rivals in Week 1.
While one game won’t derail the Jets’ season, it will be yet another hurdle they have to get over to start the season strong. The New York Jets will square off against the Buffalo Bills in the first game of the season at home.
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