- Rodgers seemed to swat away the naysayers who think he’s been lying
- The Jets quarterback has not been on the field since Week 1 of the season
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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed to suggest that those who believe that his return from an Achilles tear is too soon simply don’t have the imagination to envision great medical advances.
Appearing on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers decided to clap back at online chatter claiming that the quarterback never actually hurt himself just a few plays into his career with the Jets.
‘The same people talking about that, entertaining the possibility of conspiracy about my Achilles, could not possibly fathom a world in which anything related to this beautiful, experimental gene therapy could be, could have any issues with that,’ Rodgers, 39, said.
Rodgers added that he’s aware that he could be headed toward retirement in the coming years and wants to get back under center as soon as he can.
‘All those big brains out there, let me just shoot you straight. There’s not a lot of people that have the unique situation I was in,’ he said.
Aaron Rodgers swatted aside conspiracy theories that he hadn’t torn his Achilles tendon
‘I got hurt the first drive of the season, I don’t want to retire, I want to come back … My mindset from the morning after the injury was I’m going to try and do something nobody has done before.’
He added, ‘My time is nearing the end. I don’t have as many years left as a [Warriors star] Klay Thompson or some of these amazing athletes who have been hurt earlier in their career. I want to get back on the field.’
Rodgers’ remarks are likely referencing commentary on ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’ where one show member, Billy Gil asked, ‘Is it crazy to wonder if [Rodgers] never actually tore his Achilles?’
Le Batard responded himself, saying, ‘I’d be willing to seriously put out the conspiracy theory. Better than the theory that Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce is a propaganda concoction by the NFL to drive ratings.
‘To throw out the conspiracy theory that Aaron Rodgers, since he went into the darkness retreat, all he found in the darkness is, ‘I must come back hell-bent on beating science.’
Although Rodgers has been sidelined since Week 1, the four-time league MVP has maintained he wants to return to action this year.
Rodgers is trying to make his way back onto the field and is doing experimental
The Jets quarterback tore his Achilles just four plays into his New York career in Week 1
Rodgers maintains that there isn’t a timeline for his return yet, telling McAfee that he’s, ‘never said anything definitive’.
‘[‘Sunday Night Football’s] Melissa [Stark] talked about having a conversation with my doctor … Nothing has changed as far as my timeline, we gotta be in the mix and I gotta be healthy and I definitely still wanna come back.’
The Jets are currently 4-5 and just out of the AFC playoff race. They go on the road to take on the Buffalo Bills this week.