New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who recently underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, is defying expectations as he embarks on an accelerated rehabilitation process. In an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers revealed that he’s well ahead of typical recovery protocols and remains determined to make a surprising return this season.
“I’m attacking this rehab like nothing normal,” Rodgers stated emphatically, highlighting his unconventional approach to recovery. While the customary practice involves about six weeks in a boot after Achilles surgery, Rodgers proudly noted that he transitioned to a shoe in just 13 days.
“This is all about mindset for me. I believe in the power of intention, prayer, mental strength, and the will to overcome challenges. I’m leaving room for the miraculous to happen,” Rodgers asserted.
In addition to his Achilles tear, Rodgers disclosed that he’s contending with a deltoid issue, the primary ligament on the inner ankle, which explains the ankle brace he’s wearing. Although he didn’t provide specifics, it’s presumed to have occurred during the Achilles injury.
Rodgers surprised many by briskly walking on crutches during the pregame warmup before the Jets’ recent game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. He plans to return to his rehabilitation program in California this week before settling in New Jersey following the Jets’ Week 7 bye.
When asked about the possibility of playing again this season, Rodgers explained his strategy: “We’re attacking this rehab aggressively, and then we’ll assess our situation in a couple of months. Ideally, I’d like us to be competitive and in contention, but even discussing the possibility is positive.”
Typically, recovery from an Achilles injury takes six to nine months, but some medical experts suggest a four- to five-month return is feasible. Should Rodgers follow the latter timeline, he could potentially be back in mid-January, just before the regular season’s end on Jan. 7.
Rodgers acknowledged that certain factors are working against him, such as his age (39, making him the NFL’s oldest player), but he’s not dwelling on those statistics. Instead, he’s forging his own path, defining his rehabilitation protocols and timetables.
“I’m approaching this with intelligence, but I’m also pushing the boundaries,” Rodgers shared. His next objective is to walk without crutches, and the surgical technique he underwent allows for quicker movement and an accelerated recovery timeline.
Rodgers sustained the Achilles injury during the fourth play of the Jets’ season opener. Despite the challenges, he’s appreciating every step of his remarkable rehab journey and is fueled by the energy and camaraderie of being with his teammates once again.