Aaron Rodgers Cleared for Jets Practice, Eyes Comeback in Week 16

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Elsa/Getty Images. Pictured: Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets throws a football before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium.

New YorkJets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been designated to return from injured reserve and has been cleared for football activity. Rodgers still has to get through his 21-day practice window before he can return to play, but it's a remarkable development for the QB after he tore his Achilles against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11.

"Obviously, there's a little bit of that drive where he wants to prove that it can be done faster than anyone's ever done it before," Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters Wednesday.

Based on the 21-day practice window, Rodgers could return for a Christmas Eve matchup against the Washington Commanders in Week 16. However, that would largely depend on how his health progresses, how the Jets perform and what the NFL postseason landscape looks like.

Currently on a four-game losing streak, the Jets have been anemic on offense, failing to score more than 13 points in a game during this stretch. Their next three games are against the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins, three teams in the playoff hunt. The Jets also need to jump the Los Angeles Chargers and TennesseeTitans in the playoff picture, who have the tiebreaker based on win percentage in conference games.

Sportsbooks aren't giving the Jets much of a chance to make the playoffs. FanDuel has their odds listed at +1800 to make the playoffs and -8000 to miss. BetMGM has the Jets listed at +25000 to win the division and their current win total is set at 6.5 with -150 juice on the over.

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