Aaron Rodgers' return date for Jets 'most likely' coming in Week 16: report
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The New York Jets may have a more defined return date for Aaron Rodgers this season.
Rodgers is reportedly looking to return under center for the Jets in Week 16 against the Washington Commanders, according to the NFL Network.
The caveat is Rodgers will likely only return for New York if they remain in the AFC playoff hunt.
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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers waves to fans before the Kansas City Chiefs game, Oct. 1, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Jets enter Sunday 4-5 heading to Buffalo to face their AFC East-rival Bills, who they defeated in Week 1 when Rodgers tore his Achilles just four plays into his tenure with New York.
But Rodgers could be back on the field with his teammates very soon.
Rodgers is hopeful to return to practice as early as the start of next month, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported. He also noted that Rodgers will go back to the Jets this week to start training with them.
"He actually sent the Jets video of him working out this week," Glazer said in his report. "It kinda blew their minds, like, ‘Man, he’s a little further ahead than we thought.’ In Aaron Rodgers’ mind, he’s telling the Jets, ‘I’d like to start practicing as early as Dec. 2.’ That’s only a couple weeks from now."
Rodgers underwent a procedure on his Achilles known as a "speed bridge," which accelerates the recovery process and there’s already evidence Rodgers is feeling great in his rehab process.
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers participates in a drill at the team's training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, July 20, 2023. (AP