We have a Aaron Rodgers observation, or rather an update, on his return to the Jets’ lineup. According to reports, Mr. Rodgers to return to the neighborhood by Week 16 with the caveat that his team is still in the playoffs by then. Rodgers would make his return just three months after suffering an Achilles tear, which sounds absurd. Most people won’t believe it until they see it, but Rodgers has been determined to prove us wrong since his surgery.
Of course, Rodgers can’t wait to get back on the field for the Jets, especially since he hasn’t played a full quarter in New York yet. It sounds pessimistic, but it’s not one of those injuries that athletes often bounce back from overnight or within a few months. A three-month turnaround is hard to gauge, but Rodgers said from day one that he will make a comeback this season.
That’s where the Jets need to step in and shut him down, but no one in that franchise will have the balls to do that. Most of them are probably still surprised that the great A-Rod would even grace the lowly Jets with his presence. He is running the program just as he was in Green Bay for many years.
Rodgers’ vanity does not allow him to be proven wrong by outsiders. He might give it in Week 16, but there’s no way he’ll be a significant factor for the Jets, so someone in that organization might want to jump in, grow a set and officially put him on the shelf. The only good that will come out of a Rodgers return this season is him stroke his ego. It would be a modern day miracle for A-Rod to come back and actually make a difference.
Coming back this late in the season with the Jets chasing a playoff spot is more likely to hamper the team while Rodgers brushes off rust from not playing in months. Take away the four plays from Week 1, and Rodgers won’t have played high-stakes football in nearly a year in December. So, like most sane people… I’ll believe it when I see it.