Aaron Rodgers Aiming for Return in Playoffs after Achilles Surgery

The New York Jets Quarterback situation might be more complex than it has ever been. After not trusting Zach Wilson to lead the team, the Jets traded for Rodgers. In his first game with his new team, Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles but his return might not be as far out as imagined.

What at first seemed like it would be season-ending, might not be. Rodgers underwent an innovative sort of surgery on his ankle, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

The procedure was performed Wednesday by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, whose work you’re familiar with if you’ve watched, say, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant or Zack Greinke in the later stages of their careers. ElAttrache is reported to have placed an internal brace, called an Achilles “speed bridge,” on Rodgers’ full torn left Achilles.

An early return is by no means a guarantee for Aaron Rodgers. However, that speed bridge gives the QB a chance. Basically, the speed bridge enhances the strength of the repair and guards it against stretching, potentially allowing Rodgers to accelerate his rehab.

Rodgers himself didn’t rule out the possibility of a playoff return during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Friday.

Recently, we’ve seen Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers go under this sort of injury before. Originally, thought to be done for the year after tearing his Achilles in July 2021. Akers returned to play by Christmas that year and played his game in January 2022, five-and-a-half months after the initial surgery.

A lot of things obviously have to go right for Aaron Rodgers and the Jets for him to seek that return. His Achilles might not be as strong as a 22-year-old Akers at the time. Rodgers, a 10-time Pro Bowl QB, is currently 39 and will turn 40 in December. There’s also the not-insignificant condition that the Jets would have to make the playoffs with Wilson leading the offense.

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