12/20 9:08 AM — Jets head coach Robert Saleh just confirmed Aaron Rodgers will, indeed, not play this season … though the team is still activating him off injured reserve so he can continue his recovery on the field with his teammates.
“It’s all part of his rehab,” Saleh told reporters Wednesday morning. “Just having him on the field is a plus for everybody, for him and his teammates.”
Aaron Rodgers will not make a miraculous comeback to the Jets this season after all … the quarterback just revealed he’s still about a month away from being fully healthy.
The NY quarterback broke the news just minutes ago on “The Pat McAfee Show” … saying his body is just not quite ready for him to get back under center for the Jets in 2023.
He told Pat he’s close — but his leg still needs about 3-to-4 weeks to possibly get to “100 percent.”
“If I was 100 percent today,” the 40-year-old said on the show, “I’d be pushing to play.”
Rodgers initially blew out his Achilles on Sept. 11 — and he worked like a mad man to try to make his return to the Jets this weekend.
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He had said the decision would be contingent upon two things — if he was healthy enough, and if the Jets were in playoff contention.
However, neither situation came to fruition — and Rodgers seemed to make it clear to McAfee he’s now turning his sights toward getting ready for 2024.
“Now without a timetable to come back obviously we can be as smart as we can be,” Rodgers said.
What’s interesting — the QB was asked during his appearance on the show if next season would be his last … and he said frankly, “I don’t think so.”
He explained that moving on from Green Bay to New York gave him “a renewed passion for the game.”
The 5-9 Jets will now officially have to finish off their season without their superstar against Washington, Cleveland and then New England.
Originally Published — 12/19 10:00 AM
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