Talk about a Christmas miracle. NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been determined to return to active this season since the day he suffered what was supposed to be a season-ending torn Achilles in September.
At first, Rodgers' declaration of intent seemed like little more than a pipe dream. After all, no individual in NFL history had ever torn their Achilles and returned midseason. The quickest recovery time from the injury was just under six months.
Rodgers was attempting to do the impossible. He's attempting to return to the field after just over three months on the sideline. And by all accounts, he's on track to do so.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Rodgers' "most likely" return date is the Jets' Week 16 matchup with the Washington Commanders on Christmas Eve. That would see Rodgers return for the final three games of the regular season.
Of course, the Jets need to take care of business and win a couple of games before then, but if all goes according to plan, Rodgers expects to return to the field within the next few weeks.
NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers might actually return soon
The Jets enter today's crucial divisional matchup with the Buffalo Bills in desperate need of a win following consecutive losses to the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders.
At 4-5, the Jets need to string together a few wins for Rodgers to even consider returning. He's not coming back to a 5-9 team that's out of playoff contention. The Jets need to be in the hunt for it to make sense.
That starts with today's game against the Bills and continues this Friday when the Jets take on the Miami Dolphins. A loss in both games would effectively end the Jets' season and derail any hopes of Rodgers returning.
That means it'll be up to Zach Wilson and friends to keep the Jets afloat until Rodgers is ready to come back. That's easier said than done, given the offense's recent performances, but it's very doable.
This is the same Jets team that holds victories over the Bills and Philadelphia Eagles this season. The same Jets team that nearly stole a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. This Jets team can beat anyone — it's just a matter of not beating themselves first.
Aaron Rodgers' road to redemption has never seemed more real than it does now. The Jets need to do everything in their power to ensure one of the greatest comebacks in sports history is able to happen.