New York Jets clear Aaron Rodgers for practice in unprecedented return
East Rutherford, New Jersey - New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return to practice just 11 weeks after undergoing surgery on a torn Achilles tendon, head coach Robert Saleh said on Wednesday.
Rodgers will be limited to non-contact practice initially, but the move paves the way for a possible return to action this season for the four-time MVP.
"This isn't so much getting ready to play as much as it is a progression in his rehab," Saleh told reporters.
"There's no added risk to it. There's certain things that he's been cleared that we are going to allow him to do. Aaron is not going to do anything to put himself in harm's way," he said.
The Jets have a 4-7 record and only the slimmest of lingering chances of making the postseason.
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Rodgers, who was injured on the Jets' fourth play of the season, had been bullish about returning despite knowing that such a speedy return from a serious Achilles injury would be unprecedented in the NFL.
"I think it's a testament to who he is as a human, and obviously, there's a little bit of that drive where he wants to prove it can be done faster than anybody's done it before," Saleh said, saying that Rodgers' sense of resolve is "part of his mental makeup."
"He's a special human and I think his actions are showing how much he appreciates... this organization and everything around it," the coach added.
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