Jets QB Aaron Rodgers jogging, eyes practice return in 2 weeks - ESPN
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — If New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets his wish, he will be back on the practice field in two weeks — only three months removed from surgery on his left Achilles.
«I've said that I'd love to be trending towards practicing by my birthday,» Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly spot on «The Pat McAfee Show,» confirming a Fox Sports report.
Rodgers turns 40 on Dec. 2. It wouldn't make sense to open his 21-day practice window on a Saturday, but Dec. 6 looms as a possibility. That would give him three weeks to prepare for the Jets' Dec. 24 game against the Washington Commanders, his unofficial target for a return.
The four-time MVP has maintained throughout his recovery that his comeback is contingent upon the Jets being in contention. At 4-6, with a three-game losing streak, it looks bleak. Rodgers insisted the Jets aren't out of it, citing the 2016 Green Bay Packers and 2009 New York Jets as teams that rallied from 4-6 to reach the NFC and AFC Championship Games, respectively.
The Jets might be sputtering, but Rodgers isn't slowing down his rehab.
«No, not at all,» he said. «I find those two are mutually exclusive. The speed at which I'm doing the rehab has been the same from the beginning — push it as hard as we can every single day.»
Jets coach Robert Saleh said Rodgers has the green light to play once he's cleared by doctors. The speculation, Saleh said, is «a moot point» until the doctors clear him.
Rodgers, 10 weeks removed from surgery, said he's jogging on an Alter G treadmill. He confirmed that he sent a video of him jogging to Jets' personnel to show how far along he is.
«Yeah, I like to keep in touch with the guys and let them know what my progress is,» he said from his rehab