Enigmatic Aaron Rodgers Reveals 4 More Processes to Speed Up Jets Return Following Achilles Tear Incident

Published 12/19/2023, 11:35 PM EST

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Aaron Rodgers — clearing all the doubts away! After his Achilles tear, every football enthusiast speculated about Rodgers’ return. With the pace of his recovery and rehab process, many, including Pat McAfee, even believed that the four-time MVP would return this season before Christmas.

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Rodgers underwent surgery on his Achilles on September 13. He had previously stated that expecting him to be fully medically cleared during the regular football season was never realistic. However, despite not fully recovering, A-Rod was “willing to play and take the risk” if the New York Jets made it through the playoffs. But as the team cannot make it through, Rodgers might decide to return later, especially when he has many more processes to go through.

Aaron Rodgers’ return process isn’t as easy as it seems!

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Aaron Rodgers, who was enigmatic during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, mentioned that coming back to play in a playoff game would have been an obvious and easy decision for him. However, now that the Jets are out of the playoffs after Sunday’s game, Rodgers confirmed he won’t return. But this isn’t the only reason for him not returning. There are some more angles to it, which A-Rod recently revealed.

He emphasized four processes, which include going through a week of 11-on-11 practice, conversing and working out with team reps, evaluating how his body responds and tracking his body movements, and making personal and team calls. The star QB explained that if his team wins on Sunday, he must undergo a week of full team practices, participating in 11-on-11 drills. This would help assess how well he responds, his mobility in the pocket, and whether he can move in and out effectively. Even if they won, it wouldn’t be a definite decision to activate him and play immediately; instead, there would still be a discussion based on his performance in practice.

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A-Rod also clarified, “I would have had to check all the boxes, practice well, respond well the next day after some of these 11-11 sessions and then the conversation between Woody, Joe, Robert and Dave and the medical staff Neil, and myself to determine whether or not they were going to ultimately clear me. So there have been a lot of steps to get through, but there’s potential that we would have been able to.

Therefore, it’s almost confirmed that Rodgers will not return this season and is aiming for the next year.

Aaron Rodgers wants to play in his 40s!

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Aaron Rodgers has a 21-day practice window that ends on Wednesday. If the Jets don’t choose to activate him, he’ll stay on the injured reserve for the last three weeks. The only reason to activate him would be to let him continue practicing, but it’s unlikely, as it would take up a shot on the roster.

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His goal was to return on Sunday against the Washington Commanders. He acknowledged the fear of re-rupture but stated not having a set timetable allows him to be smart about his rehab. Rodgers essentially decided not to play, looking ahead to the future. He desires to play beyond 2024 and believes he can be effective in his 40s.

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Rodgers said, “I thought that I’d probably be sitting on the couch somewhere at 40, but now I want to be a starter at 40. I want to be a starter at 41. I want to see what I can get out of this body.

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