Rodgers Considers Return: New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is contemplating a return, and the team's playoff standing will influence his decision.
Jets' Playoff Chances Dim: The Jets, with a four-game losing streak, have less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs, per ESPN Analytics.
Health is Priority: Rodgers, recovering from Achilles surgery, prioritizes his health and ability to play at his best before considering a return.
AFC Standings: The Jets are currently 15th out of 16 teams in the AFC standings, ahead of only the New England Patriots.
Critical Next Games: The outcomes of the upcoming games against the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans will likely impact Rodgers' decision.
Practice Return Soon: Rodgers is nearing a return to practice but emphasizes that he's not yet at a point where he can decide to play.
Activation Window: Once Rodgers starts practicing, the Jets have a 21-day window to decide whether to activate him from injured reserve.
Target Return Date: Rodgers aims to return on December 24 against the Washington Commanders.
Coach's Support: Coach Robert Saleh supports Rodgers' return if he's cleared by doctors, emphasizing the team won't hinder his comeback.
Health and Playoffs Key: Rodgers stresses that his return hinges on both his health and the team's playoff chances, taking a careful approach to his recovery.