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The Jets’ season took a quick and dramatic turn on Monday night. Four plays into his team debut, quarterback Aaron Rodgers exited with what ended up being a torn Achilles tendon.

Instead of trying to lead Gang Green to the promised land in 2023, his season was over shortly after it started. Or is that still to be determined?

Rodgers made his regular appearance on the Pat McAfee Show and immediately made waves when discussing his short-term future. Here’s what he said about people thinking he’s “too old” to make a return to the gridiron following this injury:

After saying there were lots of tears and emotions in the immediate aftermath, it certainly sounds like he’s ready to forge ahead and begin his journey toward playing again at some point.

How soon could that be? We’re assuming the next time we’ll see him suit up for the Jets is in 2024. Former teammate AJ Hawk asked him an interesting question after hearing Rodgers talk vaguely about recovery timelines and trying to work through things quickly.

Did it mean he had eyes on returning at some point this season? Rodgers quoted NBA legend Kevin Garnett as part of his response:

This is what he said in the above clip:

On whether he could return this season, possibly in time for the playoffs: “I’m not going to make any of those statements. I don’t feel like that’s fair to myself.”

Hawk then pried a little more by asking if it was a possibility. Rodgers responded by saying, “I think, as Kevin Garnett said, ‘Anything is possible.'”

So, in a matter of days, the narrative around Rodgers’ injury has taken a complete 180-degree. We first wondered if this would be the end of the road but also assumed he’d be back next year. And now? He’s planting a seed that maybe he can make it back this season.

That’s probably part of the reason why things progressed so quickly this week. He was injured Monday night, his injury was confirmed via MRI on Tuesday, and he had surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

So, while Jets fans hope Zach Wilson can take a step forward, this will certainly be in the back of their mind.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.