Aaron Rodgers Unlikely to Play for Jets This Season Despite Return to Practice, Reports Say

Last week was a pivotal one for the New York Jets. They initiated the practice window for their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, a mere 77 days after his Achilles surgery. His return to practice was impressive, sparking enthusiasm among his teammates and instilling hope for the team’s future.

However, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, better days for the Jets are more probable in 2024 than 2023. As per Rapoport, the chances of Rodgers returning to play this season are slim.

The timeline is a significant factor. While Rodgers’ recovery has been exceptionally fast, he would need to be fully prepared by Dec. 20, the end of his 21-day practice window, to have any possibility of playing this season. Consequently, Rodgers, although a rapid healer, is not a miracle worker.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 24: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets looks on against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 34-13.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back at practice but is unlikely to play this season. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

On a Nov. 28 appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers also mentioned that his return would hinge on the Jets’ playoff prospects. Given the team’s current 4-7 record, a playoff berth seems unlikely unless a remarkable turnaround occurs.

The decision to activate Rodgers, despite the slim likelihood of his playing, reportedly centers around team morale and future prospects. According to Rapoport, Rodgers is essentially continuing his rehab in a practice setting, displaying his confidence in the team. He reportedly feels a sense of responsibility towards the team and aims to demonstrate leadership as the potential for a strong 2024 season looms. Nevertheless, the Jets must navigate the remainder of the 2023 season without him.

Those close to Rodgers say he feels a responsibility and obligation to be back with the team after helping shape it this offseason before suffering the injury so early. Those with the Jets feel Rodgers has shown true leadership.

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