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Saleh: Jets head coach confirms QB Aaron Rodgers won’t return this season

New York will activate the QB heading into Week 16 vs. the Commanders. Rodgers is expected to continue his rehab from a Achilles tear.

Aaron Rodgers of the New York Jets smiles prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Brandon Sloter/Image Of Sport/Getty Images

New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers has been activated off injured reserve on Wednesday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Shortly after the news was reported, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Rodgers is not expected to return this season. Saleh wants Rodgers to continue his rehab while being on the active roster and claims his presence on the sidelined is valuable. The Jets are coming off a 30-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins which dropped the team to 5-9 on the season and eliminated the team from playoff contention.

Let’s be real, no one expected Rodgers to return from a torn Achilles this season. A lot of it was wild speculation created by Rodgers himself and the New York media. With both New York teams being pretty bad this season, they needed something to talk about for most of the year. With the Jets, that was the idea that Rodgers could somehow return from a torn Achilles within just 3-4 months as opposed to the normal timeline of 8-12 months. It took a while, but good on Saleh to put this all to bed for us.

Now that we can look ahead to the final three games, the Jets may be without QB Zach Wilson. He’s in concussion protocol and hasn’t cleared as of Wednesday. Wilson would need to clear in the next few days in order to return. That means we’ll likely see Trevor Siemian as the starting QB vs. the Commanders in Week 16.

As for Rodgers, his rehab appears to be going well, so the expectations should be for him to be ready for the 2024 NFL regular season. Rodgers should play next season for the Jets. He’s under contract through at least 2025. By that time Rodgers will be well into his 40s and it’s unclear what type of player he’ll be coming off major surgery.