Aaron Rodgers is hoping to return to New York Jets’ practice within the next two weeks having suffered a torn Achilles in Week 1.
Having joined the Jets in a trade from the Green Bay Packers back in April, Rodgers sustained the injury on the first drive of his new team’s regular season.
The quarterback underwent surgery shortly after, with his season expected to be over.
However, with just under three months having passed since his operation, Rodgers believes he could be back on the field within a fortnight.
“I’ve said that I’d love to be trending towards practicing by my birthday [December 2],” Rodgers told the Pat McAfee show on Tuesday.
Rodgers’ return would be a timely boost for the Jets, who announced the benching of Zach Wilson on Monday after yet another dire offensive display in the 32-6 defeat to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, one that dropped them to 4-6.
Tim Boyle is set to start against the Miami Dolphins on Friday, though the return of four-time MVP Rodgers would be a huge improvement and give the Jets a fighting chance of making the playoffs.
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Rodgers was upset for Wilson, who has been demoted to third-string behind Trevor Siemian, while the 39-year-old believes too much blame has been placed on the 2021 draft’s second overall pick.
“We need a spark and, obviously this was the decision that was made,” Rodgers explained. “I feel for Zach. I love Zach. Zach’s such a great kid and I do think he still has a bright future in the league.
“This has been a tough go for all of us. A lot of times in these situations, there are certain guys that are the scapegoat. I think there’s enough blame to go around at a number of different positions. If you have 10 guys doing right on a play, and one guy not, it’s hard to be efficient.”