New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not ready to throw in the towel on the 2023 NFL season just yet.
After suffering a devastating Achilles injury during his first start of the season in Week 1, Rodgers has undergone an innovative surgical procedure that could potentially see him back on the field in time for the playoffs, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.
Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache and his team performed a groundbreaking surgery to place an internal brace known as an Achilles “speed bridge” on Rodgers’ fully torn left Achilles.
This procedure, while not guaranteed, offers hope for an earlier return than what is typically expected for such injuries.
The Achilles “speed bridge” is a relatively new technique aimed at speeding up recovery times.
Sources familiar with the procedure suggested to Rapoport that it could potentially have Rodgers fully recovered in as little as four months, making a return around mid-January possible, just in time for the playoffs if the Jets secure a postseason berth.
Rodgers may also explore the option of receiving platelet-rich plasma injections, a treatment used by other athletes like Kobe Bryant and Russell Wilson for similar injuries, to aid in his recovery.
While the road to recovery remains challenging, Rodgers’ determination and the innovative surgical approach offer a glimmer of hope for Jets fans eager to see their star quarterback back in action.
Jets fans will be closely watch Rodgers’ progress as the season unfolds.