Aaron Rodgers has teased his return from an Achilles tendon injury, sparking excitement among New York Jets fans.
During a recent interview with Pat McAfee, Rodgers suggested it might be "a few weeks" until his return.
TV cameras captured Rodgers joking with Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers about his comeback timeline.
However, Rodgers admitted that the "few weeks" remark was more of a tongue-in-cheek comment and not a realistic timeline.
Rodgers, who's nearing his 40th birthday, emphasized that he'd only return if the Jets are still in playoff contention.
Remarkably, Rodgers is recovering faster than expected, evident by his ability to walk without a noticeable limp and throw passes over 50 yards.
His unique surgical procedure has specific recovery milestones that must be met before he can return to the field.
Both Jets coach Robert Saleh and Rodgers agree that he needs to practice before being game-ready.
Despite calls for a quarterback change, the Jets are sticking with Zach Wilson, who acknowledges the need for improvement.
If Rodgers makes a comeback within six weeks, he may be practicing before his 40th birthday, potentially impacting the Jets' upcoming games against the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, and Miami Dolphins.