Just where in the world did this come from? After New York Jets superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a torn Achilles during the Week 1 win over Buffalo, everyone assumed his season was over.
Whenever someone suffers that kind of a serious injury, they're typically not expected to return until the following campaign. That's not the case here for Rodgers, with the Jets officially opening his 21-day practice window on Tuesday. Rodgers was back on the practice field today and people couldn't believe it:
Aaron Rodgers is nearing a 2023 return for the New York Jets
"I think he's sacrificed so much already for the organization and himself and his teammates, and he's doing it again," Jets head coach Robert said of Rodgers after practice. "I think it is a testament to who he is as a human. Obviously, there's a little bit of that drive where he wants to prove that it could be done faster than anyone has ever done it before. That's just part of his mental makeup. I think he still runs with a chip on his shoulder."
The season hasn't gone according to plan for the Jets, as they currently stand at 4-7 on the year following the Black Friday loss to the Miami Dolphins last week. No. 2 QB Zach Wilson filled in for Rodgers, but he was a nightmare.
Tim Boyle is now the starter until Rodgers can return, but it's looks like that return is going to be a lot sooner than most of us anticipated. Rodgers is a future Hall-of-Famer who has nothing left to prove.
However, he joined Gang Green with the hopes of trying to get this team to the Super Bowl. That's probably not going to happen this year, as it's still a long shot that the Jets sneak into the playoffs - they have a long road to climb.
With that said, no one can deny the fact that the Jets offense is 100x better with Rodgers out on the field. He'd instantly make Garrett Wilson, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, better.
We'll see when AR12 will be a full participant at practice, but it sure looks like we won't have to wait until next fall for him to be in action again. What an incredible story it will be if he can lead the offense out for a game this winter.