By Ben Sullivan
So, the question must be asked:
Who does Aaron Rodgers think he is?
For the first time since tearing an Achilles tendon, Jets quarterback Rodgers revealed a vague timeline for when he hopes to return, hinting Tuesday that he could be back on the field in six weeks.
“It’ll be a few fortnights,” Rodgers said during his weekly spot on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Rodgers, eight weeks removed from surgery, sparked speculation about his return Monday night after the Jets’ 27-6 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. During the postgame handshakes, he told Chargers safety Derwin James that he intends to play in “a few weeks.” His comment was caught on camera, and the video went viral.
A day later, Rodgers attempted to downplay his remark, saying he was joking with James, whom he knows well because they’re represented by the same agency.
“Obviously, that was said with a little tongue-in-cheek there,” Rodgers said. “It’d be nice to be able to be back in a couple of weeks. That’s probably not anywhere near a realistic timeline.”
Pressed, Rodgers dropped the “fortnights” line. For those not familiar with English that old, a fortnight is two weeks. A six-week return would take him to Christmas week; the Jets host the Washington Commanders on Dec. 24.