Aaron Rodgers famously tore his Achilles on the fourth snap of the New York Jets’ season opener against divisional rivals and reigning AFC East champions, the Buffalo Bills. He was thought to be out for the rest of the season, as the timeline to return from an Achilles tear is typically 6-9 months, even for premier athletes (albeit 40 year old ones) like Rodgers.
However, Aaron Rodgers has, in recent weeks, been edging towards a borderline miraculous comeback to the New York Jets in 2023, astounding traditional sports scientists and medical practitioners.
Now, Aaron Rodgers has gone one step further as his playing designation has now officially changed, per NFL insider, Connor Hughes.
BREAKING: The #Jets are activating the 21-day window for Aaron Rodgers to return. He can begin practicing.
Hey now! pic.twitter.com/goUPoH17yZ
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) November 29, 2023
What Does This Mean For Aaron Rodgers?
For Aaron Rodgers, this is an enormous feat; demolishing traditional timelines with both unique recovery techniques and sheer willpower (and a considerable amount of money – just FYI). Rodgers’ desire to continue to play and have a successful career beyond the Green Bay Packers – even if it is just to spite current General Manager, Brian Gutekunst – is remarkable.
Whether Aaron Rodgers will be as mobile moving in and around the pocket and scrambling is certainly a reasonable question to ask, as Rodgers has definitely not been as quick and slippery since his knee injury suffered in the 2018 season opening win against the Chicago Bears. Yet, at 40 years old, movement is not a priority for the veteran, and we have seen from fellow older and very much in shape quarterbacks (read: Tom Brady), that one can still play at an elite level from the pocket with limited mobility and still win NFL championships.
As For The New York Jets?
They are praying to see Aaron Rodgers on the field as soon as possible. After seeing almost eye-gouging worthy awful play from backups Zach Wilson, and more recently Tim Boyle, the team has had yet another year of horrific quarterback play.
As someone who has had to watch the New York Jets, sans Rodgers, far more in primetime television slots than I would ever want to see, I cannot even begin to feel the pain of an actual Jets fan waiting and hoping that they may finally see competent QB play for the first time in well over a decade.
However, the New York Jets brass feel, and with good reason, that it may be too late for even the great Aaron Rodgers, future hall-of-famer, to save them from another playoff-less year in the NFL. At 4-7, the Jets sit 3rd in the AFC East, behind only the lowly New England Patriots.
In order to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs, the New York Jets would have to win all 6 of their remaining games, including bouts against the high-flying AFC East leaders, the Miami Dolphins, and rookie sensation, CJ Stroud-lead Houston Texans, who are also firmly in the playoff hunt.
Let’s see if and when Aaron Rodgers is able to make his short-awaited comeback, and if the Jets can keep thier playoff hopes alive this week with an win at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
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