After suffering an injury on only the fourth play of the season, Aaron Rodgers has been working to recover from an Achilles’ injury, with all signs pointing towards a possible early return.
Having undergone surgery in September, he has undergone rehabilitation in Los Angeles and has now returned to New York.
Now, coach Robert Saleh says that the quarterback will dictate the terms of his return to action for the New York Jets.
“Aaron’s a big boy, a grown man, and no one’s going to know Aaron’s body like Aaron knows his body,” Saleh said on Wednesday.
“And if he feels after all the doctors clear him — I’m sure there’s a million of them, I have no idea — but if Aaron says he wants to play, he’s going to play.”
Saleh on Rodgers’ return
The coach continued to add that the team’s mixed form is not affected by Rodgers’ potential return, after losing the last two games.
“The pressure to keep the season afloat is just to keep it afloat,” he said.
“The pressure to go to the playoffs is always pressure. It’s not for any one individual. It’s not for any possibility.
“It’s for competitors who want to win football games, and I think Aaron’s just the icing.
“I would imagine he’s going to want to acclimate to the meetings and reconnect himself.
“There’s been a lot of changes to the system since he’s been out, and just trying to figure things out with the guys that we have.
“I have an admiration for him. We’re very young on the offensive side of the ball and his veteran presence is always welcome.”
The superstar himself is keen to return, having said so after surgery and repeating that desire this week.
“We’ve got to be in the mix, and I’ve got to be healthy, and I definitely still want to come back,” Rodgers said earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show.