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As Aaron Rodgers rehabs from torn Achilles, doctor offers insight into recovery

When Aaron Rodgers went down just four plays into the NFL season, fans of the New York Jets and of the NFL believed they had seen the last of the four-time MVP until the 2024 season rolled around. 

Rodgers’ torn Achilles is a devastating injury for any athlete, let alone a quarterback in his 19th season set to turn 40 years old in December.

A picture of Aaron Rodgers foot

This view shows an Aircast on Aaron Rodgers’ left leg. (Dustin Satloff/Getty Images/File)

This past Sunday, prior to New York’s Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Rodgers went viral for throwing passes on the MetLife turf nearly five weeks after undergoing an “innovative” surgery.

That surgery, performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, included putting an internal brace on the torn Achilles tendon, which is designed to speed up the rehab process, according to NFL Network.

“Besides re-rupture, although having surgery can decrease the risk of re-rupture compared to no surgery, is that if you go back too soon, too quickly, too hard, too fast, there’s a chance that tendon hasn’t healed enough sort of tightly under tension,” Chien said. “And then it could be stretched out, in which case the length of the tendon is increased and, therefore, the power of the tendon is less.”

Quincy Williams celebrates a tackle

Quincy Williams #56 of the New York Jets reacts after a defensive stop during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Rodgers’ potential return this season will undoubtedly depend on where the Jets are in the standings late in the year.

New York is a surprising 3-3 heading into their bye week after handing the Philadelphia Eagles their first loss of the season in Week 6.

Jets third-year quarterback Zack Wilson has limited the turnovers – he has thrown just one interception in the last three weeks – while the Jets defense has been dominant.

Against the Eagles, New York’s defense forced four turnovers and didn’t allow a single point in the second half.

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.

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