Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t think it makes sense to return if Jets out of playoff picture

In less than three months since suffering a torn Achilles, New York Jets star quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to the practice field.

Rodgers’ remarkable progress in his recovery has put on the table the realistic possibility he could play again this season. However, the four-time league MVP has voiced that scenario would only happen if the Jets are vying for a playoff spot.

“I don’t think that would make a ton of sense,” he said, meaning to play in a game with no playoff implications via ESPN.

“A comeback this year before the four-month mark would mean I’m not 100 percent healthy, so it’d be a risk for myself. For the team to sign off on if we’re out of it, I’d be surprised if they would OK that to come back.”

The Jets sit on the brink of their playoff hopes falling completely out of the picture after losing four straight games. New York has a must-win game ahead on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, which could end their postseason aspirations altogether.

Beyond that, Rodgers still needs to go through practice showing that he’s physically ready to play in a game. He’s still making his way back from an injury that typically takes nine months to a year to heal fully.

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There are plenty of risks that come with Rodgers attempting to play this far ahead of schedule. Ultimately, the Jets must stay in playoff contention if there is any hope of their star quarterback taking the field again this season.

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