Aaron Rodgers’ quest to make an unbelievable return this season for the New York Jets seems over.
The 40-year-old quarterback mentioned throughout his weekly look on “The Pat McAfee Present” on Tuesday he’s not but 100% wholesome in his restoration from a torn left Achilles tendon and remains to be a number of weeks away.
Rodgers mentioned if the Jets had gained final Sunday at Miami and remained within the postseason hunt, he “would have pushed it so far as I might this week” even at lower than totally wholesome to be able to play in opposition to Washington on Sunday. However the Jets had been routed 30-0 and eradicated from the playoff hunt for the thirteenth straight yr.
“If I used to be 100% right now, I’d be pushing to play,” Rodgers mentioned. “However I’m not. … I pushed it so far as I might.”
Rodgers by no means firmly mentioned he gained’t play this season, however strongly indicated that’s the case.
The Jets opened the 21-day observe window for Rodgers on Nov. 29 and have till Wednesday to activate him from the injured reserve checklist. In any other case, the quarterback will revert to IR for the remainder of the season. Rodgers nonetheless must be medically cleared — one thing that appeared to be a risk — earlier than these conversations would even happen.
Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon simply 4 snaps into his debut with the Jets on Sept. 11. He had surgical procedure two days later and was making an attempt to have the quickest return to the enjoying subject of any recognized skilled athlete. Wednesday will mark 14 weeks since Rodgers’ surgical procedure, which reportedly included a “pace bridge” — an inner brace on the Achilles tendon — process that helps expedite the therapeutic course of.
Rodgers added that he doesn’t suppose subsequent season might be his final within the NFL, saying he all the time needed to play at the least two years for the Jets and this season was “type of a misplaced yr.”
He reiterated he’s excited to play once more and optimistic concerning the Jets’ future. He mentioned he has full religion generally supervisor Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and the staff must “reload” and never “rebuild” throughout the offseason.
“I believe the long run could be very brilliant,” Rodgers mentioned.
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