Aaron Rodgers tells NBC he targets a mid-December return from torn Achilles tendon

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“He said, ‘I know it sounds insane, but you do a good surgery, you have a good patient, it makes this possible,’” NBC’s Melissa Stark said on the telecast.

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) works the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Adam Hunger/AP Photo

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his goal is to return from a torn Achilles tendon by mid-December, NBC’s Melissa Stark reported during the telecast of the Jets’ game at Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Rodgers had hinted recently he hopes to return before the end of the season, but this is the most specific he has been. He suffered what was thought to be a season-ending injury in the opener against the Buffalo Bills.

“He said, ‘I know it sounds insane, but you do a good surgery, you have a good patient, it makes this possible,’” Stark said on the telecast.

However, Rodgers, who was on the sideline, told Stark he “just wasn’t feeling it” about throwing passes during pregame warmups as he has the last several weeks.

Rodgers said he has been working on a weight-limiting treadmill, jogging at 50% of his body weight. His goal this week is to increase it to 75%.

When asked after the Jets’ 16-12 loss to the Raiders, coach Robert Saleh said, “If the doctors clear him, we’ll clear him.”

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AP Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed to this report.


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