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On his weekly appearance, the New York Jets’ quarterback spoke about the feeling around the locker room and the latest updates on his recovery

As has been the case almost every Tuesday this season, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has provided more updates on his injury status.

During his appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers said that throwing on the field before Sunday’s game felt “great” and mentioned how some adjustments to his rehab helped him “get back” to what he was doing a few days before.

“That was honestly the goal, to just keep on getting better, be able to do a little bit more. I’ve been doing more in my rehab and feeling like I can kind of get into a little abbreviated left, right, left, right drop.”

Rodgers reiterated that “his goal is to come back” while saying that “there’s still a lot that needs to happen” and “a long way to go” until he returns to action. He also spoke about some of the actions he needs to be able to do to return to action.

“I need to be able to move; otherwise, why the hell would I come back? I need to be able to play from under center, get to an outside zone handoff, get to a keeper, and be able to move in the pocket. Otherwise, I’m not doing my team or myself any favors.”

Outside of his injury updates, Rodgers had praise for his teammates. He called punter Thomas Morstead “incredible” and the “MVP of the game.” He complimented Zach Wilson for his play late in the game, especially referencing the team’s final drive that helped send the game to overtime. The future Hall-of-Famer also complimented the offensive line for how they held up after losing two centers in one game.

On the atmosphere of the team, Rodgers said, “There’s a real tight-knit bond on the team.”

“You feel how special the vibe is that we have and the connection that we have. I’m thankful for that. It’s fun to be back, just where I’m at in the locker room.”

The only thing that has truly changed in the past few weeks for Rodgers is the progress he has made. While continuously reiterating how far away he is from returning, the quarterback has moved from crutches to walking to doing light dropbacks on the field.

As has been stated multiple times, Rodgers’ potential return is dependent on the success the Jets have this season. For Rodgers to even think of returning, the Jets will have to keep themselves in the playoff hunt. If the past few weeks are any indication, the Jets are getting much closer to making the impossible a lot more realistic.

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Brandon Pokrass
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2023, with a Communications Degree, a concentration in Multimedia Journalism, and a minor in Broadcasting. Wrote for Jets Insider for two years, previously hosted a Knicks podcast for Let's Talk Knicks, and currently contributes to Inside the Iggles. Avid movie watcher, gym goer, music listener, and MMA fan.
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