Aaron Rodgers’ quest to make an unbelievable return this season for the New York Jets seems over.
The 40-year-old quarterback stated 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 stated if the Jets had received 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 have been routed 30-0 and eradicated from the playoff hunt for the thirteenth straight yr.
“If I used to be 100% in the present day, I’d be pushing to play,” Rodgers stated. “However I’m not. … I pushed it so far as I might.”
Rodgers by no means firmly stated he received’t play this season, however strongly indicated that’s the case.
The Jets opened the 21-day observe window for Rodgers on 29 November and have till Wednesday to activate him from the injured reserve record. 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 chance — earlier than these conversations would even happen.
Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon simply 4 snaps into his debut with the Jets on 11 September. He had surgical procedure two days later and was attempting 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 inside brace on the Achilles tendon — process that helps expedite the therapeutic course of.
Rodgers added that he doesn’t suppose subsequent season shall be his final within the NFL, saying he at all times needed to play a minimum of two years for the Jets and this season was “form of a misplaced yr.”
He reiterated he’s excited to play once more and optimistic concerning the Jets’ future. He stated he has full religion normally supervisor Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and the crew must “reload” and never “rebuild” in the course of the offseason.
“I feel the longer term may be very vivid,” Rodgers stated.