- Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon just four times in his Jets debut in Week 1
- The QB returned to MetLife Stadium for the first time since surgery
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The injured Aaron Rodgers took a practice throw on the sideline prior to the New York Jets’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 39-year-old is sidelined for the time being after tearing his Achilles tendon just four times in his Jets debut on September 11.
Fearing he might be out for the season, Rodgers returned to MetLife Stadium, the site of his injury, on Sunday for the first time since his early departure from the Jets’ season opener.
The four-time MVP was seen arriving on the back of a golf cart before being seen on crutches on the court chatting with Travis Kelce, who had girlfriend Taylor Swift in the crowd to watch the game, ahead of the game.
However, the veteran is clearly eager to get back to playing as he touched the hearts of Jets fans by calling for a pass.
The injured Aaron Rodgers asked to throw a pass on the sideline prior to the Chiefs vs. Jets game
The 39-year-old was on crutches as he watched from the sidelines at MetLife Stadium
Rodgers made his return to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, three weeks after his Achilles tear
Rodgers was captured in a video saying, “Let me take one,” before someone threw him a ball.
He switched his right crutch to his left hand to free up his throwing arm before sending the ball into a spiral.
Rodgers clearly couldn’t resist the temptation to start throwing as he continues his rehab.
Initially, it looked like Rodgers would miss the entire year and the injury even cast doubt on his future in the NFL.
Rodgers, who turns 40 in December, even admitted to Pat McAfee that he had considered quitting football immediately after the injury.
‘It’s tough, every day is tough. I have been busy with the rehabilitation and look forward to returning to Jersey one day,” Rodgers said while providing an update on his rehabilitation last week. “It’s disappointing not to be there.”
But he has refused to rule out a possible return to the pitch this season as he makes a rapid recovery.
Rodgers has been healing and rehabbing at home in Malibu, California, after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon two and a half weeks ago.
The quarterback chatted with Travis Kelce on the field prior to the Chiefs game against the Jets
The quarterback attended a team meeting at the Jets hotel on Saturday evening, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, according to The Associated Press.
Rodgers hinted earlier this week during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he could make his first public appearance since the injury if doctors cleared him to travel.
“You never know who you’re going to meet at the game,” Rodgers said with a grin.
photos published by the New York Post When Rodgers was on crutches and had his left leg in a compression sleeve after a practice in Los Angeles on Friday, speculation was further fueled that the quarterback might attend the game.
Rodgers tore his Achilles minutes in his Jets debut against the Buffalo Bills on September 11
“I would like to have him back, but when it is safe for him to travel,” coach Robert Saleh said Friday. “I know he wants to go back, but I’m not sure where that is on the timeline.”
Apparently he was just in time to make it to Sunday night’s game. His teammates were excited about the idea of Rodgers rejoining them at some point, even if he can’t play.
“It would be great to have a football mind like him on the team because someone like me can sort out my thoughts and see what he’s thinking,” wide receiver Garrett Wilson said Friday. . “To have him around, the energy, the charisma he comes with, I mean, it’s priceless, man. So as soon as we can get him back, his presence will be felt.
‘And I’m looking forward to that. I hope it’s this weekend.’