Jets' Aaron Rodgers 'ahead of schedule,' but hurdles remain

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that he's "obviously, ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Achilles surgery, but he still has a long road ahead of him.

In his weekly appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show," Rodgers claimed it "makes absolutely no sense" to establish a specific comeback date.

He did, however, make it clear that he intends to play again this season. Before that can happen, he says he needs to hit certain milestones in his recuperation, followed by "practicing and everyone signing off on it." 

Hopefully, we'll be able to have those discussions."

"You have to hit a bunch of different things and be found a certain way, but that's the goal," he told reporters.

Rodgers, speaking from his recovery center in the Los Angeles region, stated that his next goal is to start running. Then it's on to explosive motions, practice, and prior warmups. 

He claimed he's working in the gym on weight transfer from side to side and mobility in a narrow space, and that his recovery should be "a little easier" because he throws with his left foot, not his right.

"I'm just not quite walking perfectly normal, but throwing feels great," he told me.

Rodgers stepped onto the field two hours before kickoff and tossed to a staff member, giving video that quickly went viral. He claimed he wore specially developed sneakers with an implant to assist his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.

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