NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has vowed that he plans to return from the torn Achilles he suffered in Week 1 at some point this season. Such a return would be downright unprecedented in the worlds of sports and medicine, but Rodgers is determined to make it a reality.
While Rodgers has admitted that he's still a ways away from actually returning to the field, there's no doubting the rapid progress he's made in his rehab over the last two months.
His swift recovery has many believing that Rodgers could actually return to the gridiron this season. And a recent Instagram post from the four-time MVP seemingly hints at exactly when Rodgers is planning to be back.
Rodgers shared an image of a watch from Zenith Watches, a company he has worked closely with, with a very notable time and date displayed.
Did NY Jets QB Aaron Rodgers just reveal his intended return date?
As former NFL quarterback and teammate of Rodgers, Kurt Benkert, pointed out on Twitter, the date on the watch is set to "28," while the second hand is pointing to the "12."
The Jets play the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 on 12/28, the second-to-last game of the season. That game is also scheduled to air on Thursday Night Football, meaning that Rodgers could be targeting a primetime return.
Eagle-eyed Twitter detectives took it a step further, too, looking at the exact time on the watch. The time is set for 10:08, and as one Twitter user pointed out, the amount of time between 9/11 (the day Rodgers was injured) and 12/28 is exactly 108 days.
Rodgers finished off the post with a caption that read, "A little more time." This is all either an incredible coincidence or a direct hint at Rodgers' desired return date.
If Rodgers were somehow able to return in time for that late-December game, that would mean he returned from a torn Achilles after roughly 3.5 months. That would be unlike anything the sports or medicine worlds have ever seen.
Rodgers did undergo a "speed bridge" procedure from the world-renowned Dr. Neal ElAttrache, but even still, this would be an extraordinary development.
Nonetheless, just the sheer possibility that Rodgers could return is enough to provide hope to both the Jets fan base and its players. Never underestimate how much hope and a positive outlook can impact a team.
Did Aaron Rodgers just spoil his intended return date with a photo of a watch on Instagram? Only time will tell.