Jets' Aaron Rodgers Rips Critics: Not My Idea To Be Activated

By Robert J. Matthews

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers refutes claims of selfishness for taking a roster spot without playing, clarifying that being activated from injured reserve wasn't his idea.

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Rodgers revealed that the Jets organization wanted him on the roster to continue practicing, despite his inability to play due to an Achilles injury.

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Despite Rodgers expressing willingness to finish the season on injured reserve, the Jets activated him, leading to the release of another player, fullback Nick Bawden.

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Rodgers stated his initial assumption was to go on injured reserve, but a conversation arose about whether he wanted to practice, to which he expressed concerns about someone losing their spot on the team.

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The decision to activate Rodgers meant the release of another player, prompting Rodgers to personally inform Bawden of the situation.

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Bawden, as a vested veteran, still receives his guaranteed salary, while cornerback Kalon Barnes lost his spot on the practice squad due to the transaction.

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Coach Robert Saleh confirmed the decision to activate Rodgers, highlighting the team's roster flexibility and the positive impact of having him on the practice field.

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Quarterback Zach Wilson is out for the second straight game due to a concussion, with Trevor Siemian set to start against the Cleveland Browns.

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The situation raises questions about player activations, roster management, and the broader context of vaccine-related controversies in the NFL.

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