FLORHAM PARK, NJ — New York Jets quarterback Aaron RodgersJust three weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, said Tuesday that he is “way ahead of normal protocol” and still clings to the belief that he can shock the world by returning this season.
“There’s nothing normal about how I’m attacking this rehab,” Rodgers said during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “Typical practice is about six weeks in a boot, and I was in a shoe in 13 days
“It’s just my mindset. I believe in the power of will. I believe in prayer. I believe in your state of mind and the power of will. I believe in making room for miracles.”
In addition to the Achilles tear, Rodgers revealed that he is dealing with a deltoid issue. The deltoid is the main ligament on the inside of the ankle and explains why he is wearing an ankle brace. He did not provide any details. Presumably, this happened when he injured Achilles.
He surprised many by walking on crutches during pregame warmups Sunday night at MetLife Stadium, where the Jets faced the Kansas City Chiefs. He will return to his rehab program in California this week before returning to New Jersey permanently after the Jets’ Week 7 bye.
Asked about playing again this season, Rodgers said his plan is to “attack this rehab as much as possible and then see where we’re at in a few months. Even in the conversation.
A typical recovery is six to nine months, although medical experts say it is possible to return in four to five months. A four-month schedule would put Rodgers in mid-January. The regular season ends in January. 7.
“Some things are working against me,” he said. “I’m 39 years old, I’m the oldest player in the league. A lot of people have a really hard time coming back from that. But, I don’t really focus on any of that stuff. I’m just making my own protocol and my own schedule.”
Rodgers said he is “being as smart as possible” with his rehab but wants to push the envelope. Her next goal, she said, is to walk without crutches. The surgical technique that was used on his Achilles — a minimally invasive speedbridge repair — allowed him to “start movement faster and accelerate the timeline that’s been standard for this type of injury,” he said.
He returned to MetLife Stadium just 20 days after the injury, which occurred in the fourth game of the Jets’ season opener.
“Being able to walk back onto the field with a little help with crutches was pretty special,” he said. “Just being in the locker room with the guys and talking to them on Saturday nights [in a meeting]And just feel the energy and the excitement, which is what I needed.”
Before the game, Rodgers chatted with some Chiefs players, incl Travis Kelce. While speaking with McAfee, he jokingly referred to Kelce as “Mr. Pfizer,” perhaps as a way to put a tight end to the star for his recent ads promoting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Rogers made headlines during the pandemic by saying he had not been vaccinated.
Rodgers had another thing he wanted to get off his chest – getting results from his speech to the team Saturday night at the hotel.
Several players said his message to the team, which had lost two straight at the time, was to stick together and not fracture. Rogers said that “one of the most frustrating things of the whole weekend” was that details of his speech were leaked.
“We have to learn as an organization that some things need to be kept in house, some things need to be — we need to tighten the ship a little bit,” he said.