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Aaron Rodgers Provides Big Injury Update & Discusses Role of “Big Fortune” in Continuing NFL Career

Published 02/28/2024, 9:12 AM EST

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Aaron Rodgers turned 40 a few months ago and many are wondering how many years more will the football legend give himself. Considering his Achilles injury which saw him miss the entire 2023 season save for 4 plays, does not inspire confidence. However, he is on the fast track to recovery and is set to play in the upcoming season. And besides, the New York Jets also have to figure out how to take things forward with A-Rod during the offseason.

In the latest Look Into It episode, the 4x NFL MVP revealed that right now he is laser-focused on his recovery, and getting his fluids properly. Aaron said, “…I got back on the practice field, late in the season. I couldn’t get to a top speed sprinting, but I’ve uhm really been in a good place, rehab-wise from the start. I’m really good…”

As to his timeline, he said, “I’m hopeful I can play two, or three, or four more years. But you need to have some good fortune there too.” He injured himself in September and continually made headlines with his fast recovery.

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The NY Jets quarterback sustained the brutal injury in his first game for the team following a 17-year spell with the Green Bay Packers. The injury occurred in the Jets’ first offensive drive of the season, which saw Rodgers get sacked by Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd. The 39-year-old was able to stand up following the challenge but fell to the ground again to receive treatment and was swiftly replaced by 24-year-old quarterback Zach Wilson.

In November last year, Rodgers told NBC Sports, “It’s a process, step by step, day by day. There’s some great days, some rough days. But the goal for me is to come back this year. It’s got to be otherwise I think it would be a lot of rehab in vain.”

Now as Aaron mentioned there are things still left to mend. For starters, he has to work on getting back to his former speed and agility. However, the offseason is underway and the Jets need to factor all of this in before the April Draft. So, what does Rodgers’ future look like with the New York Jets?

Rodgers will be the key to the Jets’ survival

One looming question for the New York Jets is the situation surrounding Aaron Rodgers. The Jets’ hopes largely hinge on Rodgers’ health and performance. Last year, there was much speculation about Rodgers’ Achilles injury and his potential return to form. However, the focus is shifting now to ensure his swift and complete recovery for the upcoming season. The Jets have invested heavily to position themselves as contenders, but even with Rodgers, there’s doubt about their Super Bowl prospects.

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For everyone in the organization, from management to coaching staff, success is contingent on Rodgers’ condition. A healthy Rodgers translates to wins and job security, while his absence or decline could spell trouble. It’s not just about the immediate future; it’s about the trajectory of the franchise for years to come.

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So, the New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has been permitted to seek a trade away from the franchise, as several teams need a new QB, according to general manager Joe Douglas. The GM said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, “Where we are exactly, we’ve given them permission to talk to other teams about a trade… I’m going to circle back with [Wilson’s agent] at some point, either this week or next week, just to see how those conversations are going. But other than that, there’s nothing else to report.”

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Rodgers not only needs to be healthy but also perform at an elite level without any signs of rust. Once the season kicks off, protecting Rodgers becomes paramount to unlocking the team’s full potential.

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Jakso James is an NFL Writer at EssentiallySports. Jakso’s analysis takes a reader around the league with a look at the player strategies and stats. An ardent football lover himself, he developed a strong connection with the Denver Broncos as he witnessed Russell Wilson break the barriers.
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