New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is defying the odds in his Achilles rehab
When New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers ruptured his Achilles in Week 1, many questioned whether the 39-year-old would ever play again. Yet the Jets quarterback is continuing to defy the odds – and the latest video from One Jets Drive shows an incredible clip of Rodgers walking without the use of crutches.
In the video, Rodgers can be seen entering the Jets locker room sporting his crutches in his hands. The four-time NFL MVP puts full weight on his recently reconstructed Achilles, a feat that should be impossible at this stage in his recovery. Despite the obvious limp, Rodgers’ showed no grimace of pain and is able to walk briskly.
Oh baby: the #1JD crew showed some new footage of #Jets QB Aaron Rodgers walking around the locker room ahead of the #Chiefs game w/o the use of crutches 👀 QB1 is looking good in rehab 🎥 @nyjets #TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/G7aF12UXmC
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) October 13, 2023
The video was taken prior to the Jets game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. Rodgers was in attendance sporting crutches and mingling with Travis Kelce, among others.
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) October 1, 2023
If you’re unaware of how incredible Rodgers’ recovery is, think about this. It’s suggested that post-surgery rehab should consist of using a walking boot for the first 6-12 weeks. It’s also implied that it could take several months before having complete use of the afflicted leg and ankle. Rodgers is defying the odds, and he knows it, too.
Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show last week, Rodgers credited his mindset for unprecedented recovery path he’s set upon. “I was in a shoe in like 13 days. Again, this is just my mindset,” declared the Jets quarterback.
The timetable for Rodgers’ comeback however, has yet to be set. ESPN analyst Mike Greenberg’s estimation of a Week 13 return for the Jets quarterback is more of a fan’s dream than reality. Yet Rodgers is reportedly aiming for a potential playoff return – if the Jets manage to find themselves there.
As for the Jets, they need to worry about winning games before initiating a potential return of their 39-year old quarterback. The team is currently 2-3 under third-year quarterback Zach Wilson and third in the AFC East.
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