Aaron Rodgers has had a tumultuous start to his 2023 season. After asking for (and receiving) a trade to the New York Jets, he tore his Achilles Tendon on the fourth offensive play of the year. From the start Rodgers has made it clear that he will do everything he can to “shock” fans with his incredible recovery.
Many have tried to speculate when he would return to the field. One report even suggested he could be back before the playoffs. However, Rodgers himself said to pump the brakes on those expectations.
Aaron Rodgers Says To Slow Down With Injury Recovery Talk, New York Jets Fans React
Per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk:
Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was throwing passes on the field at MetLife Stadium before the Jets beat the Eagles on Sunday and that sight touched off another round of chatter about the possibility he will return to play this season after tearing his Achilles in Week One.
Head coach Robert Saleh has been among those voices and Rodgers’ weekly visit to The Pat McAfee Show included a conversation about the topic. Rodgers said the throwing session was important “for me to feel more normal” and that his rehab is ahead of schedule, but “let’s just cool our jets a little bit” when it comes to planning for him to wear a Jets helmet again.
“We’re kind of way ahead in just even saying that,” Rodgers said. “They’re just markers. You saw me walk without crutches and throw on the field. Another marker’s gonna be jogging. And then another marker’s gonna be going through a pregame workout, probably, and get on a practice field. All of these are gonna take time. There’s critical markers I have to hit.”
Rodgers said that he continues to have no timetable for a return to action, but that it remains his goal five weeks after surgery to repair his injury.
Aaron Rodgers Statement Didn’t Sit Well With Some Fans
With the Dolphins (and Bills to be honest) both vying for a possible Super Bowl appearance, the Jets would likely have to play for a wild card spot. This means finishing the season with a 9-8 or 10-7 record at minimum to qualify (those records qualified teams for the wild card spot in the AFC last season).
That means the Jets need to remain competitive the rest of the season in hopes to get Rodgers back for the playoffs. When some fans thought he would be back before that, this statement didn’t sit well.
He’s the one who started the talk. I love the man but he’s become extremely annoying
— Mizter Perfect (@TheMarcusGraham) October 17, 2023
He’s literally the only one that said it was a possibility
— Henry (@henrytakes) October 17, 2023
🤣🤣🤣Let’s just “pretend” I’m getting ready to return, you know, for the cameras.
— fred orr (@clambeaufo) October 17, 2023
He’s literally the one that started all this talk about returning this year….
When he got injured initially, most media outlets were gossiping about if he’s ever play again, not if he’d be back anytime soon.
— Mike Malone (@malonedrum) October 17, 2023
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