The New York Jets quarterback wore a black sleeve over his right calf, cycling through his rehabilitation routine on a stationary bike overlooking the practice fields that his teammates canvassed.
He’d eventually progress into flat-footed throws with a staff member, Rodgers and his catch partner distancing themselves from one another progressively until Rodgers was throwing what appeared to be an effortless flat-footed 50-yard spiral, his arm and torque clearly unimpaired by what he described as a “tweak” to his calf eight days prior.
Rodgers would not physically participate in practice Wednesday even as he remained visually and verbally engaged, often at the side of head coach Robert Saleh or quarterback Zach Wilson, pointing to areas of the field to deliver his teaching point.
Was this a real-time demonstration of the acquisition whom defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich describes as “constantly giving us feedback” and “as inclusive as I’ve ever been around, especially for a player of that caliber”?
Rodgers’ calf, too, warranted good news. Saleh insisted his quarterback was “fine and just doing a bunch of rehab” on Wednesday before activating the plan “to ease him back in” to full participation on Friday and into next week.
So all, for the most part, was well around the Jets' facility Wednesday. Even as an eye-opening story with a bevy of on-the-record quotes from Rodgers sent echoes across the rest of the NFL world – and particularly, the club Rodgers played 18 years for in Green Bay.
June 02, 2023
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