Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers once convinced legions of Packers fans to r-e-l-a-x. Perhaps his latest spin brings a new measurement tool for h-o-p-e to football fans in New York.
Rodgers said in an interview Friday that he’s feeling optimistic about playing football again and will return to the Jets’ facility in New Jersey in the near future. He didn’t want to place a timeline on when he could be back on the field, now only three weeks removed from a torn Achilles tendon.
“There’s been some progressions with the rehab the last couple days,” Rodgers said in a video interview with Pat McAfee that aired on ESPN. “That kinda gets the hope meter trending upwards.”
The Jets (1-1) started Zach Wilson at Dallas in a 30-10 loss last week, the first game since Rodgers’ season-ending injury on the opening drive of New York’s Week 1 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Rodgers said he watched the game and was hoping the Jets would double-team block Cowboys pass rusher Micah Parsons.
“It’s really tough, knowing you should be out there,” Rodgers said.
Immobile for the first 10 days after the surgery, Rodgers has taken in plenty of football. He said he watched former Packers understudy Jordan Love put up three TD passes at Chicago in Week 1 and reached out to the first-year starter via text.
The text read: “Congrats for keeping the ownership in place,” Rodgers said, a reference to his statement to fans at Soldier Field that he “owns” the Bears.
The Jets are hoping to get Rodgers back in the team facility soon, head coach Robert Saleh said on Friday.
“Hopefully, I’d like to be able to get back there at some point, but I’d like to be walking,” Rodgers said.