Q: Shifter knob locked into neutral

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I drive a 1998 jeep wrangler 4cyl with a manual transmission. I accidentally left my jeep in 4x4 High and drove down the highway for a day. When I attempted to downshift the shifter knob would not go into gear. It will not leave neutral no matter what gear I try to put it in whether the car is started or turned off. The engine still turns over and the wheels still turn because I had to push it off the road. What could be the problem?

My car has 189000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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