The four-time MVP quarterback was heard in a video telling an L.A. Chargers player that he could be back in “a few weeks” after the Jets lost 27-6 on Monday Night Football. (Watch the clip below.)
Rodgers, who tore his Achilles tendon just four snaps into the season, was seen throwing the ball 50 yards or so before the game at MetLife Stadium. But what truly got fans buzzing on social media was this postgame conversation with Chargers safety Derwin James:
“When you coming back?” James asked.
“Give me a few weeks,” Rodgers said.
A promise? Wishful thinking? Self-promotion? A glib red herring?
Jets fans will have to wait and see. But many may have seen enough of quarterback Zach Wilson and the team’s sad-sack offense, which has not scored a touchdown in the last seven quarters plus an overtime.
Granted, Rodgers, 39, does appear well ahead of schedule in his recovery, but the average time for an NFL player to return to full activity from an Achilles tear is 9 to 12 months.
The Jets faithful and others can only hope for sooner. And they did.
If he plays it will be the most legendary comeback story— Street Clothes 🧢 (@LeCap623) November 7, 2023
Aaron Rodgers turning a career-ending injury into a mere footnote. His comeback is like a plot twist in a Hollywood movie – unexpected, dramatic, and oh so inspiring! Keep doubting him; he thrives on proving everyone wrong.— Carlos Gil (@carlosgil83) November 7, 2023
Of course ! We are here 👍— Dividende Croissant 🥐 (@Div_Croissant) November 7, 2023
Can't wait for Rodgers' return. Exciting times ahead. 🏈👀— seveone (@seveone_rekaf) November 7, 2023
A Jets team with Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs is a scary matchup for any AFC team. This team has offensive line issues, but he will help tremendously.— Cooper McCoy (@CooperMcCoyRE) November 7, 2023