The New York Jets made a surprising move this week when they brought back quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the injured reserve list. However, this decision came at a cost, as fullback Nick Bawden was released from the 53-man roster. Bawden, though, was quickly signed back to the practice squad.
Support from Rodgers
Despite speculation that Rodgers made the call to return without considering his teammate’s fate, both Rodgers and Bawden have denied these claims. Bawden even mentioned that Rodgers personally called him to discuss the situation and was appreciative of his honesty and candor.
“It meant a lot. He was really candid with what his interpretation was of what went down, and I just appreciated his honesty and candor,” Bawden said. “That’s just the type of guy Aaron is, so it didn’t surprise me at all.”
Both Rodgers and Bawden expressed their disappointment at the notion that Rodgers’ return was a selfish act. Rodgers clarified that he was asked by Jets management if he wanted to come back to the active roster, but he did not want it to come at the expense of someone else losing their spot.
“But obviously I got overruled there, maybe it is what it is. That was an interesting situation,” Rodgers explained.
Season Cut Short
Rodgers had been aiming to come back from a torn Achilles injury that he suffered in Week 1. He had hoped to return by Christmas Eve but admitted that he was not 100% recovered. With the Jets out of playoff contention, both Rodgers and the team decided it was best to end his season.
Rodgers remains committed to the Jets and has expressed his desire to play with the team through 2025, fulfilling his two-year promise.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.
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