Despite saying last week that it wasn’t “too serious”, New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains sidelined with a calf injury that’s expected to keep him out of practice until at least the end of the week.
According to Jets head coach Robert Saleh, the team is hopeful that the 39-year-old four-time MVP will be clearer for full participation on Friday. If he’s not ready by this Friday, Saleh says that the team thinks he will “for sure” be ready to be a full participant in next week’s OTA sessions.
“Yeah, he’s fine,” Saleh said on Wednesday. “Just doing a bunch of rehab. He’ll be limited today and then just hoping to ease him back in. Hopefully, full [participation] on Friday. For sure next week.”
Since arriving in New York in April, Rodgers has been seen all over New York City, appearing at sporting events like playoff games and concerts like Taylor Swifts Eras Tour (not once, but twice).
Despite the tweaked ankle, Rodgers is still wowing at OTAs, as SNY reporter Connor Hughes tweeted on Wednesday that the newly acquired signal-caller was “casually throwing 50-yard passes on a damn rope” by just “flicking his wrist and it’s flying” and that he’s never seen anything like that before.
Aaron Rodgers is causally throwing 50-yard passes on a damn rope to a member of the #Jets training staff. He’s not even taking a step. He’s just flicking his wrist and it’s flying.
Can’t say Ive seen that before.
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 31, 2023
Heading into the 2023 season, Rodgers is expected to provide a franchise-altering boost to the long-suffering franchise, which hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season and hasn’t won their division since 2002.
Despite being in the ultra-competitive AFC, the Jets are one of the top seven favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl, as their current odds only trail the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys.
The Jets certainly have their work cut out for them, though, as all four teams in the AFC East — Jets, Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots — are all expected to compete for playoff berths.
In addition to Rodgers, Saleh also provided an update on standout sophomore running back Breece Hall, who he expects to be ready to play by Week 1 of the 2023 season, which will be a Monday Night Football matchup against the Buffalo Bills on September 11.