Aaron Rodgers Is Walking Without Crutches 5 Weeks After Surgery, Coach Says He’s ‘On a Mission’

Aaron Rodgers sustained a significant injury during his first game as a New York Jet, but coach Robert Saleh says he’s already on the mend.

“He is on a mission. I don’t put anything past him,” Saleh, 44, told NBC Sports’ Peter King on Monday, October 16. “I’ve heard he’s absolutely dominating rehab and he really wants to get back this year.”

Aaron Rodgers Is Walking Without Crutches 5 Weeks After Surgery

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Ahead of the Jets’ game on Sunday, October 15, Rodgers, 39, was spotted walking without crutches and throwing passes with his teammates.

“Aaron was in our facility on Saturday,” Saleh continued. “I was talking to him. I was like, ‘So, what’s the deal? You gonna go up to the box tomorrow? Watch from the box?’ He goes, ‘No, I want to be on the field.’ I was like, ‘What about your ankle?’ He goes, ‘I’m fine.’ I was like, ‘K, whatever you want, buddy.’”

Aaron Rodgers Is Walking Without Crutches 5 Weeks After Surgery
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Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon last month during his first regular season game with the Jets since joining the team earlier this year. He underwent surgery days later and is not likely to return this season.

Later in September, however, Rodgers declared that he plans to return to football at some point in the future, even if he’s unable to get back on the field this season.

“I don’t wanna get caught into a timeline, I just want to get healthy,” he said during an interview on The Pat McAfee Show, noting that other players with similar injuries have come back anywhere from four to eight months later. “But I’m gonna do everything that I can rehab-wise to put myself in a position to be ready to play football again at some point. That’s the goal.”

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