Aaron Rodgers' return to the field this season is starting to look more like a reality.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback has reportedly told the Jets that he hopes to return to practice on December 2, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the most likely spot Rodgers could return would be Week 16 against the Commanders, if he could protect himself and the Jets remain in the playoff hunt.
Gang Green entered Sunday 4-5 against the Buffalo Bills and have the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and Dolphins again on the schedule prior to Week 16.
The Jets could very easily fall out of playoff contention, which would make it less likely Rodgers would return.
Nevertheless, Rodgers continues to be steadfast on defying expectations and returning from his Achilles tear in Week 1, in which he underwent an innovative “speed bridge” surgery that is designed to protect the repair and potentially expedite the rehab process.
The quarterback has been seen tossing the ball around prior to some of the Jets’ games in recent weeks and caught on mic telling Chargers’ Derwin James he could be ready “in a few weeks,” although Rodgers said that comment was tongue-in-cheek.
As reports of a Rodgers return become more and more serious, it is up to the Jets to see if that becomes a reality.