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Jets are opening 21-day practice window for QB Aaron Rodgers

We discuss the Jets opening the 21-day practice window for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets on the sidelines during a football game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Wednesday update: Not much newsworthy here, but there are multiple clips of Rodgers’ return to practice and here is one of them!

The New York Jets are opening the 21-day practice window for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, per head coach Robert Saleh. Rodgers tore his Achilles 79 days ago during the first drive of the Jets’ Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

This move doesn’t automatically mean that Rodgers will return, but it gives him the chance to. Saleh specifies that Rodgers has been cleared for practice but hasn’t been fully cleared to play football. Rodgers himself said on a recent episode of the Pat McAfee Show that he would base his return on both his health and the status of the New York Jets being in the mix for the playoffs.

The Jets head into this week with a 4-7 record as they gear up to take on the Atlanta Falcons. They are in third place in the AFC East, four games back of the Miami Dolphins and two back of the Buffalo Bills. Playoffs seem like a lofty goal as of the 16 teams eligible from the AFC, New York sits in the No. 15 spot with only seven making the playoffs.

With Rodgers sidelined, the Jets have largely turned to Zach Wilson to try and keep their season alive. He played in 10 games but was benched after completing only 59.2% of his passes for 1,944 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Jets benched him for Tim Boyle in Week 12 and are committed to him against Atlanta this week.

New York has games against the Houston Texans, Dolphins, Washington Commanders, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. Rodgers could return by the team’s Week 16 matchup against Washington. If he isn’t activated by then, he won’t be able to return this season from injured reserve.