Aaron Rodgers is out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, with doctors warning that he faces a tough battle to recover from the injury.
The injury is a devastating blow to the player and franchise, who looked to use each other to get their forms back on track after a challenging 2022/23 campaign.
Doctors warn that with his age in mind, the QB faces a big task to recover from the damage to return to the conditioning and demands of professional sports.
“At 40, it’s an uphill battle,” Dr. Ryan Minara of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, said to the New York Post. “Can he [Rodgers] do it? Not only are these NFL quarterbacks the best in the world, he’s one of the best of the best, a very competitive guy.
“So certainly, he has that working for him. But just based on the way the body ages, despite being a competitive, high-level athlete, it’s a hard injury to recover from.”
The standard recovery time is estimated to be nine months to a year, but this can take longer depending on complications.
Minara believes that Rodgers‘ mobility will be compromised and warned the Jets front office to begin to look for elite offensive players to support him, if the pair choose to continue together.
Rodgers down but not out
Whilst Dr. Andrew Brief of Ridgewood Orthopedic Group said that Rodgers will be missing 10% of his strength and speed if he recovers within a year but that the 39-year-old’s role doesn’t demand explosive power.
“I wouldn’t extrapolate from this injury, even with his age, that it’s a career-ending injury at this point in time,” Brief said. “It is an extremely important variable, age being something that certainly lends itself to a longer and more difficult recovery.
“However, that being said, we’re talking about an elite athlete. In the context of his sport, football, he’s not young. However, in the context of him recovering from an Achilles repair in general, he’s still not considered to be an old man.”
He added: “I would say by no means at this point in time is it fair to count Rodgers out. I would be surprised if this turns out to be a career-ending injury and his first and last game as a New York Jet.”