- Rodgers uploaded a post to Instagram saying he plans to return next year
- Robert Saleh confirmed that Zach Wilson will now start in place of Rodger
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Fox Sports analyst and former New York Jets WR Keyshawn Johnson confidently predicted that Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return from his torn Achilles.
“Star athletes don’t end up like that,” Johnson said on Fox’s “Undisputed.” “They might end up losing a playoff game and waving to the crowd as they head down the tunnel. And shedding tears at the press conference.
“But they don’t end up injured when they still have gas left in the tank. They figure out how to rehabilitate, as difficult as that may be for a man in his thirties about to entering quarantine.
“But he still wants to play football. If he hadn’t still wanted to play football, he never would have fought his way out of Green Bay and selected the New York Jets… He’s coming back stronger than ever.
As even the most casual NFL fans have seen to this point, Rodgers only tore his Achilles four plays into his Jets debut after being sacked by Buffalo Bills DE Leonard Floyd.
Fox sports analyst Keyshawn Johnson believes Aaron Rodgers will return from injury
Rodgers tore his Achilles in just four plays in his long-awaited Jets debut on Monday
But Johnson advised the 39-year-old to bounce back stronger after the injury setback.
Rodgers recently promised to “rise again” in his first public comments since the injury and apparently indicated that he actually plans to return to the field next season once he is healthy.
Meanwhile, Jets head coach Robert Saleh not only insisted that Zach Wilson would be the starting QB, but also sternly stated, “I don’t know why people are trying to put an obituary under our name.”
Wilson had been the Jets’ starter for the past few years, but was demoted to backup after a dreadful season that led to New York trading for Rodgers in NFL summer history.
The plan for the 2021 No. 2 pick was to learn from Rodgers this season, but that plan quickly eroded after the latter’s calf could be seen reverberating before he fell and had to be transported to the rear by the coaches.
Rodgers’ friend and ESPN personality Pat McAfee also recently indicated that Rodgers “is just as devastated as the rest of us.”