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How Is Aaron Rodgers Doing After Achilles Surgery? 39YO QB Raises Fans’ ‘Hope Meter’ as Jets Look to End Patriots’ Long-Standing Advantage

Published 09/23/2023, 5:42 AM EDT

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After telling fans that he will be on the field as soon as possible, A-Rod now does not want to put any deadline to his recovery. The 4x NFL MVP’s debut game with the New York Jets came to an unfortunate end when he tore his Achilles early in Week 1. With Aaron’s “trust the process” attitude, how much longer will fans have to wait before they see their star QB take the field again?

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A smiling A-Rod appeared on The Pat McAfee Show virtually, from his rehab, for the second time since getting injured. He shared updates regarding his recovery process and what he had been up to in the past week.

A-Rod just wants to trust the process


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I usually like to be the one kind of taking care of people. This is the time for me to kind of sit and receive and try to find some joy in the process. It’s tough, though. It’s not easy,” said the former Green Bay Packers QB, showing off his feet all bandaged up. 39 years and running and with the wealth of experience and wisdom that he has, Rodgers is almost like a father-figure to his teammates. And now he wants to take comfort in being looked after.

However, he did not want to keep his fans and teammates in the dark and said, “The Hope Meter is trending upwards.” He cannot afford to rush the process because of the delicate nature of the injury. Otherwise, it risks getting aggravated into a career-ending injury. However, this much is clear – the 39-year old is not done with football yet and will be back on the field as soon as he can start walking again.


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Since A-Rod will not give us a definite timeline, we can try to draw parallels from other players who have faced similar injuries.

How soon have other players recovered?


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Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the surgery on Rodgers had also treated Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles in 2013. Bryant had taken eight months to take to the hardwood court again. NBA All Star Kevin Durant had torn his Achilles in June 2012 and took eighteen months to recover. On the other hand, Minnesota Vikings RB Cam Akers set the record by returning to the field in just five months. Going by this, we can expect to see the Jets QB in action anytime from December or worst-case scenario, next season. But we are not giving up on praying for a miracle and him being back sooner and breaking Akers’ record.

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His team definitely needs the miracle. The Jets have started to feel the pressure on their shoulders now that their star QB has been incapacitated. Although they managed to fend off the Buffalo Bills in their season opener, the Dallas Cowboys managed to lasso them and tame them with a 30-10 defeat.


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They are up against the New England Patriots on September 24. The Patriots have a long-standing advantage over the Jets. The two have played 128 times, with the Pats winning 73 games and the Jets winning 54 games. Will #2 QB Zach Wilson rise up to the occasion and save the Jets from a crash landing?

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Jakso James


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