NFL star 'doing everything' in practice after tough injury

FLORHAM PARK.- Aaron Rodgers He can now make passes and, more importantly, he can run again, leaving the Achilles tendon tear behind him. The New York Jets quarterback in the NFL He has no restrictions when participating in practices with the team during the collective activities that began on Monday.

“I feel really good,†Rodgers said Tuesday. “It’s about the mental aspect. I’ve been really good at these practices, being able to feel how you feel when you move, not having to think (about the injury) and see how you respond the next day.â€

“This is the last part. I'm good in terms of strength, the movement is good. “I have the confidence to do everything.”

The 40-year-old suffered a torn Achilles tendon on the fourth play in his debut in the Jets' season opener on Sept. 11 against Buffalo. He accelerated his rehab with the intention of returning before the end of the campaign, but scrapped those plans after New York was out of postseason contention and was not at 100%.

Rodgers instead focused on being ready for the season and it seems that way.

“He is doing everything,†said coach Robert Saleh, who added that: “There are no limitations to what we are asking of him in training.†.

Rodgers looked strong and moved well Tuesday during a non-contact drill with the team. Rodgers had a highlight play when he threw a pass at halftime in front of a well-covered Xavier Gipson that would have resulted in a touchdown. He also connected several times with Garrett Wilson, the team's leading receiver, including one over the middle of the defense for a short score.

With Rodgers hope returns:

The return of Rodgers generates renewed optimism in the Jets, who a year ago were contenders for the postseason – and even the quarterback himself and his teammates talked about a possible Super Bowl.

New York, with the longest current drought without qualifying for the playoffs with 13 seasons, once again sounds like a candidate. And their quarterback is an important factor.

“I'm very motivated,” said Rodgers. “I love football, playing at the highest level. I don't want to say goodbye, and it's something I've said before, like a poor guy.”