As the Jets grant Aaron Rodgers the opportunity to practice, the star quarterback recovering from a torn Achilles addresses skeptics and expresses a bold perspective on his potential return this season. Recent rumors hint at a possible comeback in Week 16, sparking debates about the risks involved.
Rodgers confronts doubters, emphasizing the minimal downside of attempting a return and acknowledging the potential setback in his rehabilitation. He dismisses concerns, stating that a slower, deliberate rehab process could yield a full recovery within five to six months.
In his view, there is no substantial drawback to returning sooner, as he could continue rehabbing for an extended period if needed.
“A lot of people,” Rodgers said of the number of naysayers, per Antwan Staley of New York Daily News. “My thing is, what’s the worst that can happen? Something unfortunate again and you just slow the rehab down.”
“I think if you take the rehab slower and a little bit more deliberate, five months, six months max is probably the length to get back to 100% if you really take it slow. In my opinion, there isn’t a downside of coming back and reinjuring it.”
The soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback’s unconventional approach raises questions about the feasibility of his return, especially considering the Jets’ current standing at 4–7.
While the odds may appear slim at present, Rodgers’s willingness to take risks for the love of the game remains a compelling narrative in the ongoing NFL discussion.