Aaron Rodgers reportedly changes stance on returning amid Jets' losing streak

Despite violating medical conventions and the evident risk of re-injury, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers maintains his ambition to return by mid-December.  

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, the veteran quarterback hopes "to be trending towards practicing by" his 40th birthday on December 2. 

Rodgers made bold claims of a mid-December return around two weeks ago, only to retreat significantly. Not only did Rodgers hesitate to commit to his accelerated return timeline, 

but he also decided to hedge his return bid on whether or not the Jets were still in playoff contention by the time he was healthy, 

stating that if the Jets were "not in it in three or four weeks, that could take (his timeline) a different way." 

Following a three-game losing streak that has dropped New York to 4-6, good for the 14th seed in the AFC (seven slots short of a wild-card spot), 

a postseason bid appears to be a long shot. Nonetheless, Rodgers cited examples of other 4-6 teams in NFL history, especially the 2016 Packers and the 2009 Jets 

who started 4-6 before rallying to conference championship games, as reasons why the struggling Jets should not be counted out in 2023. 

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